After Chicago Shooting, Activists Vow Civil Disruption Until Demands Are Met

A Chicago activist group announced a set of demands that began with the resignation of the city's police superintendent.

Chicago, IL – The activist group that shut down Michigan Avenue on Christmas Eve of 2015 has called for the resignation of the Chicago police superintendent and the mayor, and promised to cause massive unrest across the entire city if their demands are not met.

The Reverend Gregory Livingston, president of the Coalition For A New Chicago, called a press conference on Monday morning and announced a list of demands in the wake of Saturday’s officer-involved shooting that left an armed suspect dead.

“We are planning a major act of civil disobedience in the Chicago business district because Chicago’s unbridled violence will not end unless and until we deal with the corruption that breeds it,” Livingston said.

The reverend then went out to list out demands which he said needed to be met or his organization would lead an act of civil disobedience in the business district as part of an effort to “redistribute the pain” because “sometimes pain and discomfort is the only thing that will make people aware of what other people are going through.”

“We have three demands. Demand No. 1: We are demanding the resignation of Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson because his hiring exemplifies Chicago’s corruption,” Livingston announced.

“Demand No. 2: We are demanding, again, the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He will never be the people’s mayor. He is the downtown mayor who has destabilized our neighborhoods and delivered on empty promises. He is a Washington, DC power broker who needs to go back to DC,” Livingston said.

“And lastly, demand number 3. We must summit with our elected officials, business people, and community leaders to undo Mayor Emanuel’s corrupt practices by constructing a plan for the fair and equitable reallocation of resources, especially in Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods,” he said.

Livingston called Supt. Johnson the mayor’s political puppet, and said “rogue cops feel emboldened” because they know that management won’t “check them” on things.

“And we think it’s very dangerous and it’s shown itself to be very dangerous because in Rialmo, Antonio LeGrier had a baseball bat, and the young man Saturday had a gun, but they both were killed. There has to be some kind of just ground here,” he said.

He said that he needed to see more bodycam footage from different angles to make a judgement on Saturday’s shooting, despite the fact the initial video released clearly showed 37-year-old Harith Augustus was drawing a gun on police when he was killed.

“The camera angle could make the difference between the truth and a lie,” the reverend said.

Livingston suggested that even if Augustus was drawing a gun on police, it may still be their fault.

“You know one of the things we deal with on a historical basis is the relationship between black men and the police department – law enforcement – one of the things that I saw was when they approached him, he was offended by the way that they approached him and reached for him,” the reverend said.

He said he believed that Augustus would still be alive had he cooperated with officers when they stopped him.

Livingston refused to answer reporters’ questions about details of the timing and the nature of the planned protest.

“If you have to ask for permission, it’s not civil disobedience… We find it to be very important because there are various powers that would try to sabotage the effort so we have to do this in such a way that we have the greatest impact for the city and the community,” he said. Then he said it would happen no later than early August.

Livingston went on to say that Chicago needed a police superintendent who would stand up to the Fraternal Order of Police when “rogue cops” committed “cowboy acts.”

Supt. Johnson called for people to consider the facts, not emotions, before reacting to the shooting of Augustus during his own press conference on Sunday evening. That’s when the superintendent released the bodycam footage that showed Augustus drawing his gun.

Comments (29)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Of course, I expected no less from the 13%'s. Keep up the good work Rev, you seem to have created a master plan on how to alienate the good citizens of Chicago. Can I get an 'AMEN"?!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Why or why do they demand more resources into these communities. Why keep throwing good money after bad. PERHAPS, they should get up off their backsides and get jobs to keep themselves busy and out of trouble. They should also have to pay for any/all damages their communities cause. HEY, reallocate that money to the businesses they destroy.

hangemhigh
hangemhigh

Fire the police chief, fire the mayor and try to find companies to move into an area with minimal skilled labor, maximum crimes with a workforce of drug addicts. It's always about money to help the criminals so they won't rob, steal and kill as much.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Hey Reverend... how about you teaching the thugs in Chicago’s poor neighborhoods what respect is and how to earn respect. And while you’re at it teach them the work comply!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Excuse my typo. “... reach them the word “comply”!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

...Teach them... Wow type much?

Budman
Budman

A cloan of Al Sharpton!!

JBo
JBo

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

@JBo - Did you book for your two weeks there yet? Where did you want to meet for "drinks and a few laughs" to quote a certain cinematic detective? And will that be in the glass-shatter or the non-glass-shatter zone?

Mrs10
Mrs10

There's a legal term used to describe groups or individuals who threaten a society with harm if certain demands are not made. I can't think of it off the top of my head but I seem to recall that the U.S. government always says they don't negotiate with those groups. Hmmm... Help me out here people.

Mrs10
Mrs10

I feel like I've seen this idea before - where you lie to a segment of the population to keep them afraid of the current establishment then you ride in to the rescue and have a ready-made army to assist in taking the money and power by force, becoming the savior of the day and now controlling all you survey. And of course this is all done for the best interest of the ones who are oppressed. It's also on the tip of my tongue.

jwieder
jwieder

Wait ! Did I read it right? They are protesting a cop shooting of an armed man? Do they protest when a black individual shoots another black individual? HELL NO !

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Sounds like domestic terrorism to me..........I hope appropriate actions are taken against them all.

Bill d
Bill d

Silly cops, only black men are allowed to kill black men. Also, the reason doesn't matter. A black man looks at another black man the wrong way and is killed? So what. Black lives only matter when it is a cop who does the killing. If a black man pulls a gun he must be allowed to murder as many cops as he can because racism.

RPG156
RPG156

I agree with demand #2. However, when you pick your battles, you should probably not use an example where the police did "exactly" right and what they are supposed to do. Just because a man is killed doesn't automatically mean it was because he was black. Pulling a gun on a police officer is going to end poorly in almost every instance.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Until they get the attention of the domestic terrorist thugs there will be killings in high numbers. They want to fire everybody that is trying to change and stop the killings. It’s time that President Trump act Marshall Law and go in there and clean the streets of Chicago. It is a disgrace that humans act like animals!!

Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

Very typical if a cop is involved THEN they come out of the woodwork and protest! Round them all up and lock them away and throw away the key!

186
186

This protest will consume manpower and public funds. Easy fix Send the Right Reverend Livingston the bill for controlling his protest

SheepDog1
SheepDog1

Let the rioting begin....cops should not even bother to show up. Once they get a taste of anarchy, they'll be begging for the cops to come to their rescue. Dumb ass people.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Build a walled enclosure around them and remove all police presence. Situation handled....

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

While I disagree with most of what the Rev has said you have to admit that his calls for Rahm Emanuel to step down is a good call.

shooter
shooter

Wait...

The "camera angle" could make the difference between a lie and truth?

That's the finest example of straw-grabbing I've ever heard.

The officer clearly saw the dude drawing his gun.

Next, there will be demands that officers must wait until being shot at before they can respond in kind.

This is insanity.

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

This so-called "pastor" should be preaching the Gospel and Salvation and living as a saved and holy people...

Instead, he's just another "pork chop"pastor...

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

Cut all police, fire, EMS services to these people's neighborhoods... Let them and their "beloved" thugs provide them....

JBo
JBo

@ProGODProUSA

I haven't booked yet because the Abrams tank I've ordered hasn't been delivered. Please, the non shatter glass zone is best because of it's stunning views and it's...well...shatter proof.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

@JBo

After dinner, can we take a ride - I won't ask to ride shotgun (I know - turret gun), although I'll want to so very much? I'll even pay for the gas/diesel/? - whatever fuel tanks use.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Firsty, don't ever "demand" anything. That gets you nowhere. Second, were we watching the same video?

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

@LaneysSis

The answer to the second question depends on which set of lenses you're looking through. We're looking through the truth lenses, "they" are looking through the "biased" lenses, which either removes the weapon, or changes the position of the hand.