Recent events across the country have demonstrated that police murders, sexual assault and harassment continue with impunity. The fight for justice for families devastated by police who murder their loved ones is hard fought. As we struggle to fight for justice for loved ones like Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, and Rashod McIntosh, we cannot forget, and must fight fiercely for Mya Hall, Aiyana Jones, and Rekia Boyd. The police harass, abuse, murder and do not discriminate based on gender or sexuality.
All #BlackLivesMatter, and that means we uplift and fight for lasting justice for the families of victims of police violence.
We’ve joined Ferguson Action and Black Lives Matter to put out a national call for actions to end state violence against All Black Women and Girls.
Click on your city to find out info on the May 21st “National Day of Action to End State Violence Against All Black Women and Girls.” Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your action to the list.
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JUSTICE FOR REKIA
When we say #BlackLivesMatter, we mean Rekia Boyd’s life too.
On March 21, 2012, Detective Dante Servin fired shots into a group of unarmed young Black people, killing then 22-year-old Rekia Boyd. Though he was off-duty, witnesses have testified to him announcing himself as a police officer, and he should be scrutinized for his misconduct as such. It is a police officer’s sworn duty to serve and protect, and Servin violated that oath in this murderous act.
Servin has yet to be held accountable for his actions. Click here to sign our petition calling on the Chicago Police board to fire Detective Dante Servin. The courts failed to deliver justice, as Judge Dennis Porter publicly acknowledged that Servin was intent in his actions and thus guilty of a more serious charge, but ultimately opted to not convict on the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.
It is now up to the Police Board to hold Servin accountable and show they are not complicit in vigilantism by continuing to employ a murderer. Click here to sign our petition calling on the Chicago Police board to fire Detective Dante Servin.