Chicago Group to Speak to UN on Police Misconduct

Chicago Group to Speak to UN on Police Misconduct

A group of activists in Chicago will be presenting a report on police misconduct and abuse targeting young Black and brown people at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in early November.

Published October 23, 2014

Activist Ric Wilson speaks on police injustices against young Black and brown people. (Photo: We Charge Genocide via YouTube)

A group of activists in Chicago will be presenting a report on police misconduct and abuse targeting young Black and brown people at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in early November.

The young activists known as We Charge Genocide began forming over the summer, DNAinfo Chicago reports. A fellow activist, Dominique "Damo" Franklin, died in a coma after police hit him with a stun gun and he fell into a light pole, head first. This sparked the group's outrage and they began organizing. 

"Our work started as a response to [Damo's death] and the feelings of disempowerment that many of his fellow young organizers felt as a result," Page May, an organizer of We Charge Genocide, said, according to DNAinfo.

"That the U.N. is going to hear some of his story from those who directly knew him is powerful. We are going to do everything we can to achieve all of our goals, but no matter what, they are going to know what happened to Damo," she continued.

The report they released Wednesday revealed that 92 percent of individuals who had a police stun gun aimed at them were African-American or Latino youth under the age of 16. Additionally, Blacks made up 75 percent of fatalities from police shootings between 2009 and 2013.

The young activists will present their report to the Committee Against Torture during the 53rd Session of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The group chose their name from a petition that was filed in 1951 that, "calls aloud for condemnation, for an end to these terrible injustices" toward African-Americans that violated the United Nations codes on genocide. 

"We maintain, therefore, that the oppressed Negro citizens of the United States, segregated, discriminated against and long the target of violence, suffer from genocide as the result of the consistent, conscious, unified policies of every branch of government," the original document read

Visit We Charge Genocide's crowd-funding page to donate to their travel fund to visit the United Nations next month.

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Written by Natelege Whaley

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