Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Bobby Rush (1st District of Illinois)
Dec 25, 2020
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) requesting that he hold hearings on civil rights abuses perpetrated by police departments across the country with a special focus on the Chicago Police Department. In the letter, Rush wrote:
“Earlier this year, our nation witnessed a long overdue and unprecedented surge in public cries for racial justice in the aftermath of the tragic murder of several members of the Black community, including Breonna Taylor, an innocent Black woman who was shot dead in her own bed due to errors committed by police. While we are fortunate that Ms. Young was not killed in this case, her treatment is, nonetheless, demoralizing and the trauma she, and people across the country, feels is equally raw. Since the founding of the American colonies, Black women have been treated as subhuman and subjugated to cruel and coldblooded treatment by those in power. That this occurred in this day and age — and that there seems to be a concerted effort to cover this up — is both outrageous and infuriating.
“This is even more true given that this heinous act was perpetrated by the Chicago Police Department, the very same department that is responsible for the murder of Laquan McDonald and that attempted to cover up the circumstances surrounding his death. The very same department that, in 1969, orchestrated the murder of Fred Hampton and attempted to cover up that act of barbarism as well.
“While I wish we could look at our history and note how far we have come, it is clear that is not the case. Therefore, I urge you to convene the Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing to look at civil rights abuses perpetrated by police departments across the country and the Chicago Police Department, in particular.”
Rush has been a longtime advocate of policing reforms and, in this Congress, introduced legislation to require federal law enforcement officers to be licensed and to encourage states to enact a similar requirement.