Another video. Time for a Citizens’ Task Force.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch has agreed to investigate the practices of the Chicago PD.

Just like AG Eric Holder and the DOJ did after Ferguson.

There was no sense of trust after the DOJ investigation of Ferguson because it led no where.

Would I be going out on a limb to suggest that this will be another federal investigation that ends up in a black hole?

Lynch has already promised that she has no interest in pursuing the actions of individual cops or political leaders. Rather the DOJ task is to restore trust.

“This mistrust from members of the community makes it more difficult to gain help within investigations, to encourage the victims and the witnesses of crime to speak up and to fulfill the most basic responsibilities of public safety officials. And we suspicion and hostility is allowed to fester, it can erupt into unrest. And when suspicion and hostility is allowed to fester, it can erupt into unrest. Building trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve is one of my highest priorities as Attorney General.”

The highest priority of a federal Justice Department investigation should be to uncover the truth and prosecute those who violated the law.

Trust may follow if that is done.

What the Progressive Caucus and Black and Hispanic caucuses of the City Council might consider is establishing a Citizen’s Task Force to investigate the CPD. It could be made up of long-time community leaders and young Black Lives Matter activists who are unwilling to stop short of pursing those in the highest places.

Trust would follow the results of an investigation like that.

No more cover-ups.

No more hidden videos.

6 Replies to “Another video. Time for a Citizens’ Task Force.”

  1. Fred,
    Understand that you want heads to roll here, but real goal should be to bring change to a system that has been broken for literally decades. A system the current office holders inherited. Not saying anyone is blameless, just that they didn’t create the problem. Getting rid of them will not bring about change, it has not in the past and will not in the future.
    Thought you community activist guys were all about change.

  2. I’m with you Fred. Just like you I hate all cops, teachers, school administrators, CEO’s and any form of authority figure. We don’t need no rules or laws. This country would be better off with none of the above!

  3. Just imagine all the Police Brutality that occurs behind closed doors. And the magnitude of Police Brutality and Injustice that was never videotaped! Not video taped in the past and suppressed today. The individuals who censor conceal and suppress are accomplices in crime and are guilty by association as they continue to empower the status quo.

    These recent killings are just the tip of the iceberg! Especially for those persons of color who live in the volatile climate of the CPD. The police commit acts of terrorism and intimidation on a daily basis in cities and towns across our nation. Police violence has escalated to the point that if a victim is brutally beaten or only “shot once” it’s like a misdemeanor, based on the average number of bullets used in most police killings. The mass media (owned and controlled by some of the same persecutors) does its part by showing us graphic scenes of raw violence over and over in a never ending loop that desensitizes our psyche. And even though there are obvious and blatant differences in how citizens are treated based on race and economic status, many still don’t get it and won’t get it until they live it! In certain communities and among certain groups there is more concern and outcry over the death of a dog than for the life of a person of color! Somehow, someway these crimes against humanity are usually justified overlooked and unpunished or recatergorized as a noncrime.

    As we become more and more of a “police state” nationwide we still have masses of people who refuse to acknowledge that there is a problem. There is a problem that we the people need to address and correct. Is the phrase “We the People” still a collective term? Does that phrase still represent transparency and one voice?

    There are conditions of control and regulation that are growing with each passing second and while we sleep. There are some whom might as well be asleep for their eyes are closed or they turn the other cheek. There has always been concealment and secrecy (for knowledge is power) which is why black people were once forbidden to read and become literate. The same is true for blacks and women who were disenfranchised when they could not vote. Your blog educates those who are blinded by denial, dumbed and numbed by the mass media and exposes those who perpetrate injustice in all its forms. So as unrecorded and videotaped abuses of police power continue to terrorize our communities our best tool is the data, the factual information and footage which empowers us to act and demand accountability.

    Who do the police really “serve and protect” is perhaps the question.

    Thanks Fred, for all your hard work and for being you!

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