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Chicago – Paul O’Neal Murder By Cop

Another unarmed black teen shot in the back by Police…

Chicago police officer shot Paul O’Neal in back, autopsy shows

 Paul O’Neal, the black teenager who was killed by Chicago police, died of a single gunshot wound to the back, the Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed in an autopsy report released Wednesday.

The teen did not have any illegal drugs in his system, CBS Chicago reports.

A Chicago police officer shot and killed O’Neal July 28, in an incident that was partly captured on video. The medical examiner’s office report stated that O’Neal was seen driving a 2002 Jaguar, a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

O’Neal, 18, reportedly refused to stop the vehicle and “rammed head on” into a marked squad car, injuring two officers. After the impact he got out and ran.

“During the foot pursuit shots were fired by other unidentified officers on the scene and possibly by O’Neal,” the medical examiner’s report says. However, investigators have determined that O’Neal was unarmed.

An officer, allegedly believing shots were fired by O’Neal, fired his “Glock 9mm handgun five times in an attempt to stop the threat,” the report states.

O’Neal was struck by a single bullet in the right side of his back, according to the report.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Unarmed Teen “Executed” By Chicago Cops

Same old story – same old bulls*it…

Lawyer: Paul O’Neal was “executed” by Chicago police

Paul O'Neal

A family lawyer said Friday that 18-year-old Paul O’Neal was “executed” when he was fatally shot by Chicago police after a July 28 confrontation over an alleged stolen car.

Chicago authorities released video Friday of the moments before the shooting and the incident’s aftermath. The shooting itself was not captured on video because the body camera worn by the officer who fired the fatal shot wasn’t recording.

“We just came from watching Chicago police officers execute Paul O’Neal,” Family lawyer Michael Oppenheimer said. “We just watched the family watch the execution of their loving son.”

Autopsy results show that O’Neal, of Chicago, died of a gunshot wound to the back. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office have classified the death as a homicide, reports CBS Chicago.

Oppenheimer and family spokesman Ja’Mal Green said O’Neal, who was unarmed, was running away from officers when he was fatally shot.

“What I saw was cold-blooded murder,” Oppenheimer said, calling the video “beyond horrific.” “You don’t shoot dogs that are running away.”

The video shows officers firing into the Jaguar in which O’Neal was allegedly fleeing police. It also shows officers handcuffing and searching O’Neal after he was shot as he lay on the ground bleeding.

The family was set to speak to the media Friday morning, but were too distraught after viewing the video, Green said. O’Neal’s mother, he said, broke down in tears.

“This is amazing to me how this officers come into our neighborhood and treat us like savages,” Green said. “If he did steal that car that was for the courts to decide. Instead, the police decided to be the judge and execute him the way they did.”

The department’s current superintendent, Eddie Johnson, relieved three officers of their police powers after the shooting after officials said a preliminary determination concluded they had violated department policy.

Johnson has said he doesn’t suspect the body camera that wasn’t recording had been tampered with. Friday, Green called on him to hold officers accountable and enforce the use of body cameras.

“Every time a shooting happens, something’s wrong with the body camera,” Green said. “It’s like, the dog ate my homework.”

O’Neal’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, the body that investigates police misconduct, expects to complete an investigation within 60 days.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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“Becomming a Man” – A Program Successful at Cutting Youth Crime in Chicago

Something is working to at least slow the violence in Chicago down. It also will never be covered by most of the MSM because it is.

Inside The Chicago Program That Is Slashing Youth Crime Rates

“They learn that the kid sitting across from them in the circle has those same fears, has those same anxieties and that it’s OK.”

The Chicago-based program Becoming A Man is the type that allows rival gang members to sit together, just days after one group killed a member of the other, and calmly talk about their issues, according to John Wolf, senior manager of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab.

“The kids weren’t saying whether or not they specifically knew who did it. But you had these two groups of people — where they knew someone from their group of friends had just killed someone from the other group of friends — and they were able to sit down in this group and have a conversation back and forth about what had just transpired,” Wolf said. “They were talking through ways of finding peace and ways of making sure it didn’t escalate further.”

For the past few years, Wolf and his colleagues have been studying the impact of the Becoming A Man program, which targets at-risk male students in Chicago public schools. The program, run by the non-profit organization Youth Guidance, allows students to participate in weekly group sessions that teach them how to be more conscious of their decision-making processes. A recent two-year evaluation of the program showed that between 2013 and 2015, there was a 50 percent decline in violent crime arrests for the 2,000 participants as compared to a control group. The results of this evaluation are being shared Monday at the National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence in Baltimore.

By teaching these adolescent males how to slow down their decision-making processes and avoid knee-jerk reactions, the program aims to improve students’ abilities to make appropriate judgments in high-stakes situations.

Wolf spent many days observing the participants in the program. He watched as the boys became more willing to open up about their personal lives to other students in the group and speak about their emotional vulnerabilities.

Students in the program often face difficult life circumstances. Many of them live in poverty or in dangerous neighborhoods, surrounded by violence. Just getting to and from school can be a harrowing experience.

Counselors push participants to describe “what are you actually nervous about, what are you actually scared about, what are the things that you’re dealing with in your everyday existence, walking home, walking to and from school,” Wolf said. “You’re not allowed to say that you’re fearful or worried about things, but in the BAM circle they’re able to uncover those feelings.”

“I think a big part of it is, they learn that the kid sitting across from them in the circle has those same fears, has those same anxieties and that it’s OK,” he went on. “It’s a human condition to show those things and it’s a common experience.”

The program does not tell students how to behave, or instruct them as to the “right” thing to do, instead leaving it to the students to decide that. The program emphasizes only that the students carefully consider their decisions instead of rushing to act….Read the Rest Here...

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Getting Away With Murder – Reka Boyd Killer Retires

American Justice…Better for some “special” people – bad for everyone else.

Rekia Boyd – Murder victim.

Dante Servin Quits, Set To Collect Pension 4 Years After Killing Rekia Boyd

The police detective who shot into a crowd while off-duty and killed teenager Rekia Boyd in 2012 has resigned, saving his pension as well as the indignity of getting fired.

Dante Servin’s resignation Tuesday came two days before an “evidentiary hearing” before the Chicago Police Board, said Max Caproni, the police board’s executive director. Any charges against Servin, a 24-year police veteran, will now be dropped.

Servin’s resignation comes about a year after he was acquitted of all charges related to the death of Boyd, a 22-year-old woman who was with a group of near Douglas Park when Servin pulled a gun while off-duty and shot into the crowd, striking Boyd in the head.

By resigning, Servin is now eligible to collect his pension and any other outstanding benefits he stood to lose if fired, angering the activists who called for his ouster.

Dante Servin

“The best union to be in in this country is the [Fraternal Order of Police] because you can get away with murder and still get paid,” community activist and anti-violence organizer Father Michael Pfleger said.

Martinez Sutton, Boyd’s brother, said he found out about Servin quitting Tuesday morning and wasn’t at all surprised. He said he figured the process would drag on until Servin walked away with his pension.

After four years of fighting for “justice” for his sister, Sutton said he wasn’t sure what “justice” was anymore.

“It destroyed a family. Rekia was light,” he said. “I don’t know how it affects [Servin], but he has to live with that. He has to live with it on his conscience.”

Servin was found not guilty on manslaughter charges in Boyd’s shooting death just over a year ago. A judge’s ruling suggested he should have been charged with murder instead, which was “unusual” according to legal experts.

Servin’s continued employment drew infuriated protesters and figured in Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s defeat in the March primary. Former top cop McCarthy last year recommended to the Police Board that Servin be fired.

Servin “should’ve been fired and instead he can resign and make money and that’s an insult,” Pfleger said. Trina Reynolds-Tyler of Black Youth Project 100, an activist group that called for Servin’s ouster, said his resignation is “disrespectful.”

“He just took an early retirement,” Reynolds-Tyler said. “It’s ridiculous that this process has taken so long to get to a firing hearing.”

Page May, another local activist, said “it ain’t over” till Servin loses his pension.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Chicago Priests Attempt Exorcising Trump

Getting rid of the Devil….

Chicago priests cast out Trump effigy’s demons during May Day exorcism in Chicago

Chicago priests prayed for Donald Trump’s soul and exorcised his effigy during Sunday’s May Day demonstrations. The video, which is in Spanish, appeared today after reports on the exorcism were tweeted out from @Aaroncynic’s account.

The march began at Chicago’s Union Park and proceeded to Trump Tower, May 1st, which is not only International Workers’ Day, but is also commemorated in Chicago as the anniversary of the Haymarket Affair, where a rally for workers’ rights turned deadly, resulting in the death of eight people. Labor union members were charged in the affair, with eight of them convicted, and four later hanged. Their convictions were considered to be politically motivated, and the four who died are often referred to as “martyrs.”

During this May Day celebration, the priests identified Trump as the current threat to workers’ rights.

“We ask that you bring out the demons and demonic forces of our brother, Donald Trump,” spoke the lead priest. “We ask, oh gracious God, to take away the hatred, bigotry and racism and the forked speaking tongue that he’s had and replace it with a powerful tongue and care,” the Chicagoist reported.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Chicago Twins Accepted to 56 Colleges

Congrats to Shaprice Hunt and her twin brother Deprice Hunt who together have been accepted to a phenomenal 56 Colleges and offered scholarships in total worth $1.6 million.

Shaprice has been accepted into 35 colleges, two of which have offered her a full-ride scholarship while five schools have scouted her to play basketball.

Deprice, who is a youth activist in Chicago, has been accepted into 27 schools. He earned $300,000 in scholarships and received two full scholarship offers.

An Amazing set of twins!

Phenomenal Twins Get Into 56 Colleges, Earn $1.6 Million In Scholarships

Chicago twins Deprice and Shaprice Hunt have set an extremely high bar for other high school seniors. The twins were recently accepted into a combined 56 colleges and have earned about $1.6 million in scholarships.

Kemitashi Austin brought the Hunt siblings’ huge accomplishments to the forefront on Facebook when she shared a screenshot of a conversation between her and Shaprice.

Of the 56 schools, Shaprice has been accepted into 35 colleges, two of which have offered her a full-ride scholarship while five schools have scouted her to play basketball. She told The Huffington Post that she earned $1.3 million in scholarships. Shaprice wants to attend either Illinois State University or Eastern Illinois University and dual major in Education and Psychology.

Deprice, who is a youth activist in Chicago, has been accepted into 27 schools. He earned $300,000 in scholarships and received two full scholarship offers.

“My motivation was to make sure [my mom] didn’t have to come out of pocket,” Deprice told HuffPost, echoing his sister’s sentiments.

His top choice is HBCU Morehouse College, which he said is his dream school. He also told HuffPost that he wants to study Performing Arts and Political Science.

In addition to their acceptance letters and scholarships, the twins boast perfect attendance and a total of 48 awards throughout their high school years, according to Deprice’s Facebook.

The Hunt twins credit their family, teachers and guidance counselors for their successes. They told HuffPost that it’s easy, especially in Chicago, to let negative stereotypes about black youth get the best of someone. That’s why, with the help of Austin, Deprice reached out to local news outlets to tell their story with the hope of inspiring others.

“A lot of people say you can’t do it because of where you’re from,” Deprice said. “Don’t listen to them.”

The twins said they know financial issues, among other factors, hold a lot of teens back. But it’s important to be persistent, Shaprice told HuffPost.

“Never give up,” she said. “Picture your future. Not only to make yourself proud but make your family proud.”

Somebody at home was supporting these kids, through preparation of applications to paying the Application Fees. The article doesn’t say how many schools they applied to, or why they applied to so many, instead of targeting the group they really wanted to attend.

 

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2016 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Another $4.9 Million Tax Bill For Chicago’s Bad Cops

Been saying this for a while …At some point the expense of bad policing become unsustainable by the tax base. $250 million buys a lot of road repairs and upgrades to schools. $250 million is the payout Chicago is now on the hook for in lawsuits due to police brutality and misbehavior. And it is rising every day.

Chicago To Pay $4.9 Million To Family Of Man Dragged In Handcuffs

Philip Coleman died at a hospital in 2012, according to court records.

The city of Chicago has agreed to pay the family of a black man who died after being dragged by handcuffs from a cell in a police lockup and down a hallway more than three years ago, an attorney for the family said on Monday.

Philip Coleman, 38, was arrested for domestic battery against his mother on Dec. 12, 2012.

After he refused to go to court the next morning, several police officers struggled with Coleman inside a cell, and he was Tasered, court records showed. In an incident caught on video, an officer dragged a motionless Coleman by his handcuffs.

Coleman later died at a hospital, according to court records. The Chicago Tribune reported that an autopsy showed he died of a reaction to an antipsychotic drug and also had bruises and abrasions on his body. Reuters was not able to confirm the cause of death.

Ed Fox, a lawyer for the family, told Reuters by phone that Coleman’s family and the city of Chicago had reached a settlement over the family’s civil rights lawsuit, but declined to confirm media reports that it was for $4.9 million.

The city’s law department declined to comment.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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