"We demand that the death of Jelani Day be Investigated by the FBI as a Hate Crime," stated Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump at a Press Conference held in Chicago at the National Headquarters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Standing with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and family members of Jelani Day, the SIU graduate student found dead in Peru, Illinois, Attorney Crump vowed to push for the FBI to use available technology to get answers.
Attorney Benjamin Crump holds up the hands of Ahmaud Arbery's family in triumph as Attorney Barbara Arnwine (left) and Rev Al Sharpton (right) and others join him at a press conference outside the courthouse in Glynn County after hearing the guity verdicts for Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan in the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery who was jogging through their Georgia neighborhood last year. Photo by Naimah Latif
CHICAGO - In response to the guilty verdicts for the three white men on trial for the murder of a 25 year old black jogger in Brunswick Georgia, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. declared, "This is a step in the right direction in justice for Ahmaud Arbery, but the system is still broken and needs fixing." Photo by Naimah Latif
President Joe Biden issued this statement: "Ahmaud Arbery's killing - witnessed
Normal, IL - Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and his son, Jonathan Jackson, met with scores of Illinois State University (ISU) students at the Bone Student Center, 100 N. University St. In Normal IL Thursday evening, November 4th, asking them to join a march today to demand answers on why and how 25-year-old ISU graduate student Jelani Day was murdered. “We are asking what happened to Jelani Day and demanding justice,” Rev. Jackson told the diverse group of students.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., his son, Jonathan Jackson and the family of Jelani Day are gathering at 12 noon Friday, November 5th, at the Bloomington Police Station, 305 S. East St., Bloomington IL with a 12:30 p.m. press conference followed by a 1 p.m. march to the Illinois State University’s (ISU) Bone Student Center. Photo by John L. Alexander
Fearing a cover-up in the death of her son, Carmen Bolden Day is joining Rev. Jackson, Rev. Cameron Barnes, national youth director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and supporters in demanding answers from the Bloomington police about her son’s missing report and the medical examiners conclusion that her son allegedly committed suicide—conclusions she firmly rejects."We are marching to raise the consciousness of the Jelani Day Case,” said Rev. Jackson. “We want a thorough criminal investigation into the matter.” His son, Jonathan Jackson, is asking for the FBI and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s intervention.
“It smells like a hate crime to me, not a suicide, but a homicide,” Rev. Courtney Carson, one of the organizers of this event, said. “Why else would someone murder another human being in such a wicked way?” “It is disheartening that some would like to conclude this case as a suicide when the evidence, or lack thereof, just does not suggest that in any real logical way. Why have Jelani's so-called friends not spoken up, but got lawyered up? That's extremely strange. When a mother is looking for answers about her missing and deceased child, best friends don't go radio silent, they help,” Rev. Carson stated. That is why Rev. Jackson and Mrs. Day are calling on the FBI and Illinois Attorney Kwame Raoul to intervene and launch a thorough investigation. Rev. Jackson and Mrs. Day say there are far too many inaccuracies for the FBI not to get involved and too many inaccuracies for supporters not to stay involved in this “mysterious” case. ‘In terms of Black and Brown people, there are far too many missing children, far too many miss-handled cases, and far too many not willing to stand up and say something. We will continue to demand Justice for Jelani, and we hare marching and praying until something happens,” Rev. Carson said. Photo by John L.Alexander y
Students and local residents supporting the quest for the Day family to get answers regarding the mysterious death of 25 year old ISU Graduate Student Jelani Day gather at the Bloomington Police Station for a rally and march. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson met with Bloomington police to discuss the follow up on evidence found and to request further efforts at fact finding. Students assembled at the police headquarters as a combination of protest music and gospel music played over the loudspeakers.
Traffic was halted and rerouted as hundreds filled the busy downtown district of Bloomington illinois, chanting "Justice For Jelani!" and "I Am Somebody!" Rev. Jackson and Jelani's mother Carmen Day rode along in a golf cart at the head of the march and at one point, Rev. Jackson got out and addressed the crowd of sign waving protesters. The March went from the Bloomington Police Headquarters in downtown Bloomington to the ISU campus in Normal, Illinois, an approximate distance of 2.5 miles.
Bus loads of students join Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. for a day of demand for a thorough investigation into the death of Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day whose body was found in a body of water in Peru Illinois, while his car, wallet, clothing and keys were found in separate locations. Jelani’s mother Carmen Day has requested an FBI investigation. The hesitancy of local officials to perform an adequate investigation has led to suspicions of a widespread coverup involving the Peru Police Department. Local residents say seemingly racially motivated incidences with police occur all too often in the small towns in southern Illinois.
A long caravan of cars filled with supporters of the Day family’s demand for answers drove through the streets of Bloomington and Peru, Illinois, following the route along which Jelani’s car, keys, and clothing were found, The suggestion that Jelani committed suicide is preposterous, his family members say, and the story simply doesn’t add up. Rainbow PUSH National Youth Director Rev. Cameron Barnes explains that the residents along the route could have seen something, but as yet have not been questioned by police.
Members of the Press gathered with Rev. Jackson, Mrs. Day and crowds of supporters at the bridge over the murky waters in which the body of Jelani Day was said to be found, a mile and a half from where his car was found. His clothing was found in a different location, a mile from where his body was found. The Coroner had announced that the cause of death for Jelani was “drowning” but his mother insisted, “He would never have gone swimming in this nasty water. What they’re saying doesn’t make any sense. See it for yourself.”
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. (center) and Rainbow PUSH National Spokesman Jonathan Jackson (right) escort Carmen Day down the path through the woods to the muddy waters where the body of her son Jelani Day was found. Members of the press and hoards of supporters follow, to get a clear view of why suggestions by local police of possible suicide don’t make any sense. Photo by John L. Alexander
The murky water under the bridge near a secluded wooded area in Peru Illinois is where two white female ISU students say they found Jelani’s clothing, but Carmen Day has recently been informed that the two students are now represented by lawyers and are advised not to discuss their findings any further. Photo by John L. Alexander
Carmen Day, joined by Rev. Jackson, makes an impassioned appeal to members of the ISU Black Student Union on the campus in Normal, IL to organize a March and rally in Peru, demanding an investigation into the death of Jelani Day. Photo by John L. Alexander
ISU Students lock arms in prayer at the end of an organizing meeting, pledging their support for a full investigation. Busloads of students participated in the following day’s rally and March held Tuesday October 26, 2021. Photo by John L. Alexander
Combining youth outreach programs and longer sentences for violent offenders is the strategy the Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced today in the hopes to reduce gun violence. The CPD will step up efforts to identify offenders and get them off the street. As of July 11, 2021, there have been 2,104 shooting victims.
”Our priority is to protect the victims” Superintendent Brown said.
During his recent visit to the White House along with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other leaders, Supt. Brown said he received assurance from President Joe Biden that Federal assistance is forthcoming to stem the flow of illegal guns to Chicago. So far this year, 6,362 guns have been recovered and of those, 321 were assault weapons, Supt. Brown said. He noted that Mayor Lightfoot said the root cause of crime will be addressed as part of the long term strategy to eradicate violent crime, which is now considered a public health issue. Photo by Naimah Latif.
The CPD will partner with the Chicago Park District and other organizations that provide constructive programs for youth, as a measure to give youth options and opportunities, stated Deputy Chief Angel Novales. Activities include baseball camps held at local Park Districts and field trips to sites around the city. Among those in partnership is the National Black McDonalds Operators Association. Photo by Naimah Latif.
Police will target 15 city areas on Chicago’s South and West sides, where violent crime has been most consistent, working to interrupt violence and to mitigate retaliation before it happens, stated Norman Kerr, Director of the Office of Violence Reduction. Many of those working in partnership with police have put in long hours and late nights, on weekdays and weekends, putting themselves in harms way to ensure public safety.
“I know first hand the devastating loss that violence creates for families,“ he said. Photo by Naimah Latif.
CHICAGO - A coalition of social justice activists and families whose loved ones were slain by police held a protest rally and march at the Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn, Saturday April 3, 2021. Caroline Ruff, head of Black Lives Matter Women of Faith and organizer of the rally, said the shootings of two Hispanic youth appear to be racially motivate, following a pattern of polilce killings of black and brown people. Rally speakers called for an end to police violence.
”What side are you on? The PEACE side!” was among the chants heard as a coalition of families of victims of police killings joined with organizers from Black Lives Matter Women of Faith to stage a protest rally on Dearborn and Adams and to march through the downtown area carrying signs demanding justice for the deaths of 22 year old Anthony Alvarez and 13 year old Adam Toledo, along with many others slain by police.
.Bishop Jerome Powell, head of Beacon Light Ministries, partnered with the Chicago Police Department’s 5th Districtt to hand out food and supplies to residents Sunday morning March 28, 2021,10am to 12 noon, launching an ongoing project to bring the concept of “Officer Friendly” back to the community. Boxes were handed out to families as the drove by the lot on 111th street behind the 5th District headquarters.
MINNEAPOLIS - As viewers around the world watched Judge Peter Cahill prepare to read the Jury's verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, crowds were gathered outside the courthouse and the National Guard stood ready to quell riots in case the verdict sparked massive civil unrest. The verdict of Guilty on all three counts, Second Degree Murder,Third Degree Murder and Second Degree Manslaughter, moved some to tears of relief while others shouted with joy. The May 25, 2020 killing of George Floyd is said to have sparked the largest protest movement against police brutality in the nation's history. After the verdict was read, Chauvin was led away in handcuffs.
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A protest march organized by a coalition of women's groups, joined by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Congressman Bobby Rush, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton and Third Ward Alderman Pat Dowell was conducted at the CPD Headquarters to demand immediate action against the police involved in the raid on the home of social worker Anjanette Young, and to demand a change of laws and polices governing police conduct regarding raids on households.
The climate of violence in America was set by President Donald Trump, and the results have been the forming of the group "The Proud Boys" who, armed with weapons, are intimidating the citizens in Washington D.C. and appear to be trying to instigate a race war, stated Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. The decision not to prosecute Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey for shooting unarmed Jacob Blake, Jr. in the back seven times, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down was another miscarriage of justice in an ongoing "reign of terror" by police officers, Rev. Jackson said.
Rainbow PUSH National Field Director Bishop Tavis Grant said, "Justice has once again been delayed. Such was the case with Emmett Till. Such was the case with Medgar Evers. Such was the case with Trayvon Martin, and most recently with Breonna Taylor. The prosecutor has given us a brand of justice that represents the group that want to overturn this election, that wants to challenge our birthright, that wants to make us three fifths human."
Jacob Blake Sr. said regarding the decision by Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley not to prosecute the officer who shot his son, "The fight is not over." He stated that he intends to take the issue all the way to Congress and persist until there is justice.
"We understood what was going to come when they called in the National Guard. We understand what the Proud Boys are here to do."
He stated that despite threats on his life, he will not be silenced.
"I don't hide from anyone. I fear nothing," he said. "Now our battle must go in front of the Congress. It must go in front of the Senate. We must abolish the right for a policeman to be seen on a higher plane than the citizens of the United States.You can not have a Bill of Rights for the Police and then have a Bill of Rights for the People. We're all people. There are no big I's and little you's. Photo by John L. Alexander.
"This Reign of Terror Must End, " stated Rev. Jesse Jackson at a press conference held Tuesday January 5, 2021 at the Rainbow PUSH National Headquarters in Chicago after the Kenosha County District Attorney stated there would be no criminal charges filed against the officer who shot Jacob Blake. Jr. in the back seven times, paralyzing him from the waist down. His father Jacob Blake, Sr., vowed to take the fight for justice to Washington D.C. and meet with members of Congress.
Mayor Lorie Lightfoot praises retiring Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at a November 2019 Press Conference at the CPD Headquarters as members of his family look on. One month later, on December 3, 2019, he was fired by Mayor Lightfoot just weeks before he was set to retire, amid allegations of misconduct. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Carmen Day, mother of Jelani Day, recounts how she had to do the investigation work herself after her son's body was found, going down to Peru and Bloomington to ask questions when police tried to dismiss the death of her son as a suicide by drowning. Photo by Naimah Latif
As Attorney Crump comforts a grief stricken Carmen Day, Rev. Jackson pointed out that hate crimes are occurring often. He noted the Ahmaud Arbery case in which three white men were recently found guilty in the shooting death of a black man in Georgia. Photo by Naimah Latif