NCBL DENOUNCES FATAL HATE CRIME COMMITTED AGAINST TEEN LAQUAN MCDONALD

For Immediate Release

Contact; MiAngel Cody at miangelcody@lawyer.com

NCBL DENOUNCES FATAL HATE CRIME COMMITTED AGAINST TEEN LAQUAN MCDONALD AND SUPPORTS GRASSROOTS EFFORTS TO END THE PROFILING, CRIMINALIZATION & BRUTALIZATION OF BLACK YOUTH

 The National Conference of Black Lawyers’ (NCBL) mission is to serve as the legal arm of the movement for Black Liberation, to protect human rights, to achieve self-determination of Africa and African Communities in the Diaspora and to work in coalition to assist in ending oppression of all peoples.
 
NCBL denounces the fatal hate crime committed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke against 17-year old LaQuan McDonald on October 20, 2014. NCBL further denounces the investigative misconduct, prosecutorial delay and political obfuscation that occurred following LaQuan McDonald’s murder; such tactics are a crime against the public interest and longstanding international human rights principles.
 
NCBL remains ever vigilant and encourages public awareness of Officer Van Dyke’s 12:00 p.m. bond hearing on Monday, November 30, 2015 in Courtroom #101 of the Leighton Criminal Courts Building located at 2600 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL. 
 
NCBL supports young Black organizers from BYP100, Fearless Leading by the Youth, Assata’s Daughters, #LetUsBreathe collective, We Charge Genocide, Black Lives Matter: Chicago, and other grassroots collectives mobilized to end the criminalization of Black youth, racial profiling and police brutality.
 
NCBL is aware of the November 25, 2015, video of a Chicago police officer threatening to commit physical violence against young protestor Ambrell Gambrell. In the video, seen here, the officer calls Ambrell Gambrell a “b*tch” and threatens to physically assault her if she touches his bicycle during the protest. NCBL stands firmly against a police state that privileges the protection of property over Black bodies. This bikes-over-bodies mentality illustrates the appetite for — or, at least, complacency with — brutality that is far too common among Chicago police ranks.
 
NCBL states: To all groups working to shift the center of gravity from injustice to justice — especially youth organizers — NCBL is here to serve and has your back when needed, where needed and as needed.
 
 
For additional information, please visit http://www.ncbl.org
or contact NCBL- Chicago Chapter member MiAngel Cody at miangelcody@lawyer.com