Frank Chapman

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Frank Chapman is a Field Organizer for the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

Chicagoans Speak Out on Department of Justice Report – We Don’t Need the Feds!

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) held a press conference and community strategy meeting to discuss the Trump's threat to "send the feds" and the Department of Justice report on the Chicago Police Department attended by 70 people at the Trinity Episcopal Church. Frank Chapman, chairperson of CAARPR's Stop Police Crimes Organizing Committee, began the meeting with a...

Chicago Activists Respond to Department of Justice Report

Statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) What we have in the Department of Justice (DOJ) Report on the Chicago Police Department (CPD) is evidence of Chicago police officers routinely engaging in murder, brutality and torture and blatantly violating our supposedly federally protected Constitutional rights. And yet not one recommendation comes out of this report calling...

Department of Justice Report on Chicago Police Abuse Too Late for Victims

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will be releasing its long awaited report today on the Chicago Police Department (CPD). So here are some things you should know about our movement and the DOJ. We will issue a follow up statement and hold a public forum after we read the report. 
We at the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression,...

Chicago City Council Passes Emanuel Control of the Police Ordinance

The Chicago City Council has voted to pass the legislation proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). COPA is a fake police accountability bill. It replaces the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), but the only change is the name. IPRA reviewed 400 cases of police shootings of civilians over seven years, and found...

What’s Next in the Fight for Community Control of the Chicago Police?

The CPAC Ordinance is sitting in that City Council because there is no power like the power of the people. We have got work to do. To rush into negotiations with City Council members before we do that work would, in my opinion, be tactically and strategically a mistake.

We Don’t Need Another Mayor Controlled Chicago Police Review Board

Last week Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his proposal to abolish the current Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and "restore trust": “Today I can announce that in the coming weeks, we will have the final details worked out on a comprehensive plan to fundamentally reshape our system of police accountability and it will be introduced at the following meeting of the...

The Way to End Police Crime is Community Control

The only thing new in the office of Police Monitor, proposed Tuesday by Alderperson Leslie Hairston to replace the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), is that the Mayor would not appoint the Monitor. Instead the City Council would select the people who would select the person who the Council would then select as the Monitor. Hairston adds a few...

U.S. Department of Justice: The Clock Is Ticking on Police Crime in Chicago

The United States Department of Justice has opened its investigation of the Chicago Police Department, focusing on "...CPD's use of force, including racial, ethnic and other disparities in their use of force, and its systems of accountability..." Department of Justice (DOJ) investigators were even called to the crime scene of the blatant police murders of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie...

Best “De-Escalation Tactic” Would Be Community Control of the Chicago Police

A Rev. Marshall Hatch from Chicago was just on CNN news saying we have a problem of confidence regarding how our communities are policed. But not one word uttered about the fact that we as activists and fighters for justice and freedom have a responsibility to organize and mobilize the people to stand up and fight back. Not even a...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announce Your Resignation!

The City said in a news release that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce today the creation of a Task Force on Police Accountability. The news release describes the task force as follows: “Actively engaging a range of community members--including victims’ rights representatives, law enforcement organizations, youth, religious and elected leaders--will be critically important to ensure the recommendations are based on...

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