(GRCAM Will Unite Community Residents & Law Enforcement)

The Grass Roots Community Activist Movement stands with Cook County Crime Stoppers. Under our political component our focus will be to connect with victims of urban violence and their families and bridge the disconnection and distrust among local police officers so that law enforcers could pursue violent criminals it starts by breaking the code of silence on both sides. The community have to be assured that Rogue Cops are not working in their department. For example, Jon Graham Burge is a convicted felon and former Chicago Police Department detective and commander who gained notoriety for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 in order to force confessions.

Allegations were made about the methods of Burge and those under his command. The most controversial arrests began in February 1982, in the midst of a series of shootings of Chicago law enforcement officials in Police Area 2, whose detective squad Burge commanded. Some of the people who confessed to murder were later granted new trials and a few were acquitted or pardoned. Burge was acquitted of police brutality charges in 1989 after a first trial resulted in a hung jury. He was suspended from the Chicago Police Department in 1991 and fired in 1993 after the Police Department Review Board ruled that he had used torture.

In October 2008, Patrick Fitzgerald had Burge arrested on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury in relation to a civil suit regarding the torture allegations against him. On April 1, 2010, Judge Joan Lefkow postponed the trial, for the fourth time, to May 24, 2010. Burge was convicted on all counts on June 28, 2010.

We will create our own independent political party at the local level. We will educate the community and push for community rights by creating our own laws known as community rights and get those laws on the books which will be compatible with the dominant culture. Our laws would protect our local residents and give the community a voice and those affected by bias in the current system. We will hold both Rogue Cops and Urban Terrorist accountable for their actions in a constructive manner. We will form cooperative alliance beyond the black community so that this organization can be diverse for all people of Chicago and surrounding suburbs of Chicago.

Cook County Crime Stoppers allows citizens to provide anonymous information about criminal activity. It brings together citizens, law enforcement agencies, businesses and the media to fight felony-level crime. This allows a person to provide crime solving assistance to the authorities without being directly involved in the investigation process. Crime Stoppers was developed to combat the public’s fear of reprisals, public apathy, and a reluctance to get involved.

The program encourages people to anonymously report tips on crime. Callers are given a code number instead of being asked for their name and they pay rewards up to $1,000 when information leads to an arrest and/or conviction. Since its launch in 1986, Crime Stoppers has helped federal, state and local law enforcement agencies recover over $25 million in property and illegal narcotics. Crime Stoppers has programs to combat illegal gun possession and use, domestic violence, fraud, illegal drug and gang activity, auto theft, campus violence and felony-level animal abuse, among others.

http://www.cookcountycrimestoppers.org/

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