Disability Advocates Testify Against Police Violence toward the Chicago Disability Community


What: Youth and young adult leaders, ages 16-30, from Advance Youth Leadership Power (AYLP) will attend and testify at the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office’s hearing on police violence in Chicago. Prior to the hearing, they will host a vigil to honor those who were affected by the Chicago Police Department’s assault on people with disabilities; The vigil will take place before the hearing, outside of Truman College.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Vigil: 5 p.m.
Public Hearing: 6:30 p.m.
Harry S. Truman College
1154 West Wilson Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Why: The Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office opened an investigation on the Chicago Police Department, due to recent instances of unnecessary police violence, including Laquan McDonald, Quintonio LeGrier, and Brandon Bragg. The mentioned victims are not only of people of color, but also people with disabilities. In the aftermath of police shootings, disability is seldom part of the dialogue. Yet, at least a half to 70% of police violence reported in the media involves people with disabilities. People with disabilities nationally are four times more likely to be victims of violent crimes than the general population; approximately five million disabled people annually suffer from serious crimes.

However, the police fail to document disabilities in police reports, and police don’t have adequate knowledge on interacting with the disability community during a crisis or peaceful moments.

Advance Youth Leadership Power aims to end police violence toward people with disabilities and hold the Chicago Police Department accountable for those actions. AYLP:

• Calls on the Superintendent and all precincts to severely punish officers who kill people without legitimate reason. Severe punishment includes suspension without pay, expulsion from the Chicago Police Department, revoking the right to carry firearms, mandatory training on interacting with the disability community, and jail sentencing.

• Encourages the police to report any pre-existing medical conditions on police reports, including those involving police violence; and

• Demands officers be trained in not only crisis intervention, but also establishing a strong, inclusive connection with the disability community in each precinct.

For more information, contact Candace Coleman at ccoleman@accessliving.org, 312-428-8346
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