- js reader version
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2002 at 4:47 PM
Up Against the Cops in Cabrini Green
Revolutionary Worker #1174, November 10, 2002, posted at rwor.org
On Wednesday, October 30, over 200 residents of Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing projects marched to demand justice for Michael Walker. Known as "Jappa D" to most of his friends, Michael was a 21-year-old resident of Cabrini who was killed by police on Sunday, October 27. Walker is the thirtieth person in the greater Chicago area killed by law enforcement since 9/11/01.
Police claimed that Michael Walker was selling drugs and that he ran away from a cop. According to the police version of events, the cop's gun went off "by accident" during a scuffle and killed Michael.
Like in many other stories of police brutality and murder, the people tell it differently from the police. Cabrini-Green residents say that Michael was a victim of a brutal cop that had a vendetta against him. The cop had earlier arrested Michael, and he was angry that Michael had gotten out on bond. The people say that this cop repeatedly pistol-whipped Michael before shooting him in the face in cold blood. Then, the police left his body out in the building's breezeway for hours, in a show of cruel disrespect and intimidation.
The police refuse to release the name of this killer cop. But it has come out that he was transferred to Cabrini-Green after shooting someone in the head on Chicago's West Side in April 2001.
At the protest, which was initiated by the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, people testified to the unjust sweeps, beatings and heavy police clampdown that's going on in the neighborhood as the city presses ahead with its plan to destroy public housing. Some people called it "martial law" and "police state."
A representative of the Stolen Lives Project offered condolences to the family and led the crowd in the Stolen Lives Pledge: "I, _______________, pledge that the life and humanity of these Stolen Lives will not be forgotten. I pledge that their highest hopes and aspirations will live on in us and that I will seek justice for these and all the Stolen Lives. In this way I pledge that their memory will stay alive in us and will inspire us to fight for justice and a better world."
Friends described Jappa as an easy-going guy who never carried a gun. Someone got on the bullhorn and said, "A lot of young men have to deal drugs, but it's because they're forced to in order to provide for their families." The point was also made that dealing drugs is not a death-penalty offense.
The march went from building to building, calling out more support along the way. Most of those who came out to join were youth from the neighborhood and parents with kids. People chanted "No justice! No peace!", "Jail the killer cops!" and "No more stolen lives." The spirited march stopped at two police stations: a mini-station located right inside one of the Cabrini buildings and the new station at the nearby intersection of Division and Larrabee. This new police station illustrates the way in which police terror is being used to drive people out of Cabrini-Green. One of the buildings across from the new police station has already been emptied, and the building that Michael was killed in is also being targeted for "people removal" and demolition.
During the last major wave of "people removal" and building demolition in Cabrini- Green in 1998, the police killed three people: Michael Russell, Leroy Reed, and Brennan King. After police killed Michael Russell, they went through the building he lived in and told people that if they didn't move out, they would "do them" like they did Michael. The police are trying to send the same message again, but the people of Cabrini-Green are sending back a message of resistance.
Toward the end of the march, heading back to the starting point, people took to the streets. They briefly took over the intersection outside the new police station, blocking traffic. There was a tense stand- off with the police. Many youth refused to give up the streets. The police beat and arrested a 12-year-old. Some bottles and bricks were thrown at the police.
A police commander claimed that the protesters were "walking through the development, inciting the teens." Tobe, a member of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, told the Chicago Tribune , "We say, `Justice for Michael Walker, and justice for killer cops.' We don't consider that to be incendiary. As you can see, it was something the community was behind."
At press time, a second march had been called for Sunday, November 3, to demand justice for Michael Walker.
This article is posted in English and Spanish on Revolutionary Worker Online
Write: Box 3486, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 773-227-4066 Fax: 773-227-4497
(The RW Online does not currently communicate via email.)
Report this post as:
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 6 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
|All Across America
||Monday, Nov. 11, 2002 at 9:50 PM
|All Across America
||Monday, Nov. 11, 2002 at 9:54 PM
|All Across America
||Monday, Nov. 11, 2002 at 9:56 PM
||Friday, Nov. 15, 2002 at 7:38 PM
||Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002 at 2:32 AM
||Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002 at 3:28 AM
Change Links September 2018 posted
More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre
Site Outage Friday
Change Links August 2018
Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land
More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke
Change Links 2018 July posted
More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena
"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena
Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles
Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California
Change Links June 2018 posted
The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years
Unity Archive Project
Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi
CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police
Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies
California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings)
Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico
Change Links May 2018
Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed
GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE
lausd whistle blower
Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images
UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light
Change Links April 2018
More Local News...
Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement
Creative Destruction Hack Diamonds Windows/iOS/Android - Creative Destruction Generator
The Dictatorship of Corporations
18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting
Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue
Creative Destruction Hack Mod Generator
Shopping du bashing
After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again
“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen
Probabilités de fin d'humanité
Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW
Propagande de virus, virus de propagande
Steer clear of work morality!
Sweatshop Lodge Ceremony Continues in US Fed Prisons Led by Inmates
Paraphysique de l'origami
The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally!
August 2018 Honduras Coup update
Du réussissement putréfié
Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges
Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts
Paraphysique de contextualité
Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism
Ex-voto de réification
Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh
Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation
Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council
More Breaking News...