Chicago Young Black Organizers Demand Justice

Black Lives Matter activists are calling for justice for a 22-year-old African-American woman who was fatally shot by police in Chicago.

Rekia Boyd, 22, was fatally shot in Chicago by a police detective Dante Servin who was drunk and off-duty.  She was in a group of four walking down a narrow lane when Detective Servin stopped and shot her.

Servin was charged with manslaughter, but he was later released from all charges and still maintains his job. His public hearing is scheduled on May 19.

Members of the Black Lives Matter movement and BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100) united with Assata’s daughters and some other groups, on Thursday March 17, and demanded justice for Boyd at the meeting which was held at the police headquarters in Bronzeville. Among the audience there were a lot of people who lost their relatives and friends due to police brutality.

One of the BYP100 organizers Damon Williams said, “We’re here to put pressure on the board, and prove their dishonesty and lack of respect for human life.” 

During the meeting, Dorothy Holmes, the mother of a 25-year-old African-American Ronald Johnson III, who was fatally shot sometime in October 2014, was the first to comment. “We’re getting tired as hell. Ya’ll just as guilty as these police officers,” She said. “Everyone else ain’t safe but ya’ll are.”

In recent years, police violence has grown more than ever and government officials haven’t done anything to remedy this problem. Officers kill innocent people and still continue to be in the force.  Officer Servin should be fired and sentenced to prison for his recklessness and cruelty.

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