McDonald Family Calls For Change; Rainbow Push Coalition Releases Action Agenda

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CHICAGO – NBC News has the latest as the family of Laquan McDonald publicly addresses police violence and brutality; elsewhere, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition has issued a 10 point action agenda in response to police-initiated violence.

On Friday, December 11, family members of Laquan McDonald reportedly thanked those who marched in Chicago demanding justice. They also called for a change “from the top down.”

NBC News reports that for days, hundreds of protesters also shut down Chicago streets calling for the resignations of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook’s County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. Both have expressed their intent to not step down.

On December 12, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson met with a number of African-American elected officials to discuss the violence in the United States against people of Muslim faith and violence initiated by police officers against unarmed civilians.

Jackson, members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and elected officials presented a 10 point plan of action.

The following statements are the steps of their presented agenda:

I. We stand with our brothers and sisters of the Muslim faith.  We affirm their religion and their humanity.  The threat against their mobility and access to America is harmful, hurtful and divisive.  It isolates America.  There are more Muslims than Christians.  There are more Muslims than Americans.  It undercuts our moral authority, given the impact of innocent people and families and refugees.  These actions are crimes against humanity.  Remember in the Christmas season, Jesus was born into a climate that caused him and his parents to be on the run— to Egypt where He gained entry as a refugee.

We who have been given the race test for our humanity and mobility were given an exam that we have never been able to pass.  We who watched governors elected brandishing ax handles as symbols of ear, and watched governors block school doors in Alabama must appeal to Donald Trump and Republicans to go another way.

We as a nation for too long have survived apart, must now learn to live together.  We must be connected by bridges and not separated by walls. We need bridges that let the sun shine in and not be divided by walls that cast shadows of fear.

II. In light of the crisis in Chicago, the epicenter of urban crisis we are driven into a climate of chaos by the lack of an urban policy and a plan for reconstruction.  We addressed Hanarahn after Fred Hampton’s execution.  We must now address Alvarez after the cover-up and absence of charges against the cops engaged in criminal behavior.

III. We need volunteers to work hard and march citizens to the polls in 2016.  We must engage in massive voter registration drives and voter participation.

IV. We urge the release and uncovering of remaining tapes, covering up police misconduct.

V. False reports by police are the crime of perjury and should be prosecuted as such.

VI. The FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) contract’s language on discipline is a lack of discipline and must be opened up.  In the Laquan case we pad $5million dollars before the tape.  $553 million in settlements for misconduct without discipline as we have laid off teachers.  Some officers have more than 70 times of violating people without discipline.

VII. Special prosecutor must be appointed in all cases involving police shootings and misconduct.  We shall contact the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County to administer this process

VIII. We encourage the US Department of Justice and other appropriate federal agents to cover 3 points of interest in their investigation:

a. City Hall

b. Police Department

c. State’s Attorney’s Office

This must include McDonald, Coleman, Johnson and the concealed tape of Chatman.

IX. We must end access to automatic weapons on our streets.

X. We restate our call for White House Conference an urban violence and reconstruction.  It is difficult to police there are zones of poverty and pressure cooker of discontent.  We need more than the Attorney General.  We need the attention of the President as we live in Food Deserts, health deserts, job deserts, safety and access to capital deserts. 

We need housing and urban development, labor, SBA, Commerce, TIF, investment & community field house, auto development and security for our community.”

NBC’s coverage of the latest in the Laquan McDonald events, as well as a master list of all the coverage, can be found here.

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