For immediate Release: Community Activist Leadership will rally at Police District 11 to demand Immediate termination of Racist Cop

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Today September 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

 Chicago, IL On September 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m-Freedom First International (FFI) is organizing a Protest Rally and Media Briefing, with Violence Interrupters various activist community groups. On group is demanding the instant removal of District 11 Chicago Police Sgt. George Granias who allegedly beat Patassa Johnson while she was in handcuffs, at the 11th District Station. 

Reports later showed that Granias owned several web domains with highly offensive racist tiles such as “NiggerDown.Com.” CBS 2 reported the altercation occurred in the 11th District police station in 2014. Johnson, a medical assistant, was driving home on a Chicago expressway when she was pulled over by a state trooper for allegedly driving drunk.

The activist are intent on bringing attention the fact that with Chicago PD many officers have avoid punishment or even suspensions because the grievance process is slow and complicated, and also because the number of grievances has surged. Add to those issues that the office fails to efficiently track cases — and it can wait for years for the police union to file grievance-related paperwork.  

Bishop Gregg L. Greer of Freedom First International stated, “In Chicago the police accountability system is widely seen as dysfunctional, ” This must change that is why we are now calling attention to this case-because Sgt. Granias has completely violated public trust-and has yet to be terminated, this fact also adds insult to injury.” 

The group believes racist attitudes of police officers become emblematic rather than exceptional.

Notable Facts more: 

* The Freedom First International has written an open letter (below) dated 9/21/17 to Wilber Wright College asking for Granias removal as Professor.


* The Group wrote The Police Commander at Chicago Police District 11, The Mayor’s Office in the same open letter.

                                                                             

                                                                          (View that Letter Here)  

https://freedomfirstinternational.net/2017/09/21/media-statementopen-letter-to-mayor-rahm-emanuel-the-chicago-police-board-of-supervisors-and-the-police-commission-asking-for-the-immediate-and-complete-resignation-of-chicago-police-sgt-george-alex/

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Read more: 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/abusive-chicago-cop-hoarded-racist-websites-for-years

https://newsone.com/3726505/chicago-cop-racist-websites/

Wiber Wright College Rating

http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=1847161

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-chicago-police-discipline-grievances-delayed-20170325-story.html

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WHAT:  Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Campaign to End Torture, and community organizers are challenging police officials due to fact that a known and documented Racist police officer has yet to be terminated.

WHO: Freedom First International, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Chicago Campaign to End Torture,and more.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community leaders who want continued and progressive Police Reform 

Where: Chicago Police Station District 11 at (10:30am)  3151 West Harrison St  Chicago, IL 60612 (Front)

AREA of INTEREST: 

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

Frederick Washington, at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com for more information. You may contact Bishop Gregg L.Greer at  (224) 678-0347 ext. 1 or  (404) 992-8954 he will be on the ground. 

 

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Media Statement:Open letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Police Board of Supervisors and the Police Commission asking for the immediate and complete resignation of Chicago Police Sgt.George Alex Granias#1731 :

    (For Immediate Release-Statement from the Freedom First International President)
Open letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Police Board of Supervisors and the Police Commission asking for the immediate and complete resignation of Sgt George Granias #1731 :
 

Good Morning, I’m writing you in an open letter because of recent events over the course of the past six months that have been brought to my attention by citizens of our community. Sgt. George Alex Granias start#1731 when taking the oath of office to serve and protect committed himself to public service on behalf of the residents of Chicago and we commend him for that dedication. Unfortunately- a flurry of incidents have caused for many folks in the greater Chicagoland Community to ask for his immediate and complete resignation from his duties at Chicago Police Department and District 11. Here are detailed items that we charge:

Racist Websites Granias had Registered
Before he was accused of beating a handcuffed African-American woman, a Chicago Police sergeant registered a racist URL: niggadown.com.
George Granias, a sergeant is at the heart of a recently settled police brutality lawsuit, purchased at least two websites with racial slurs in their titles, his alleged victim’s lawyer says. The domain names include URLs like “niggaguns.com,” the legal team first told CBS Chicago. An investigation by The Daily Beast revealed a series of other domains registered to Granias’ name and address, including “murdertech.com,” “necroarmy.com,” and in a jab to Illinois’ former governor, “patquinnsucks.com”. In December 2013, Granias registered niggadown.com, internet records show.

 

Racist “Use Force Incident” by Granias
Three months later, in Winter of 2014 police arrested Patasa Johnson, a Chicago woman, at a traffic stop. Johnson’s arresting officer accused her of driving drunk, a charge she denied, and which was later dropped. The officer cuffed her in the back of a squad car and drove her to a police station, where “Granias grabbed [Johnson] from the back of the car,” and roughly escorted her into the station, according to a lawsuit Johnson filed against the city in 2015. “Inside the station, Defendant Granias beat [Johnson] while [Johnson] was in hand-cuffs.”

At one point he “Granias” was believed to be one in a line of progressive officers who have overseen the department over the last 10 years; men and women representing a range of backgrounds and experience, but after looking closer with a fine tooth comb of this officers history-we will see a contrast of use of force offenses over 13 complaints 99% including “use of force incidents” all carried out against “blacks”

We as a community must recognize that there is a critical need for outreach and reform to address the very real pain that some are feeling in our city. We also recognize that changing the culture of a police force requires more than just a dedicated officers, and it can’t be done overnight. It takes the support of elected officials, community leaders, everyday citizens, and community minded” rank and file officers.

Our police department, like so many others, needs change. Whether it is being better trained to handle the mentally ill on our streets, to respect diverse cultural differences or to walk beats and protect people and property, it’s clear it is time to increase training and get rid of outdated approaches and more importantly the track to rid the Chicago Police Department of “Bad Officers” must come “swift and certain”

At this point-over the course of the next fews days (weeks), groups of citizens will began a public awareness campaigns in opposition of any organization that supports this officers continued employment with our City. This movement will start upon the release of this “open letter.”  Myself and community members are more than happy to sit down with you and address any concerns, after progress has been made to remove this officer from public service. 

Also, Let this proclamation extend to David Potash, President of  Wilber Wright College and his administration-where Professor Granias has worked as a faculty member under the criminal justice department. Wilber Wright College is where-We intend to organize Protest and rallies with students in the days ahead. We believe-No one with a well documented history of racial discrimination should receive any city pay or be on city payroll.

For the record-Freedom First International has taken on some of most “notable” civil rights cases in America for example Tamir Rice (Cleveland, OH), Alton Sterling (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and others. We are committed to seeing this through until resolution happens.

Clearly this is an issue that requires your immediate attention.  Please proceed with the needs of the community in mind! 

Regards Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International

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Sent 9/21/2017 to the following:

Mayor of Chicago

Chicago District 11 (Commander) and 

COPA Administrative

Freedom First International Executive Team

Chicago and National Media

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(For National Distribution-Sent September 21, 2017)

 

Freedom First International. Open Letter to Will County Officials asking for “Justice” in the Death of Semaj Crosby

 

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Media Statement: Open Letter to Will County Officials asking for “Justice” in the Death of Semaj Crosby

    (For Immediate Release-Statement from the Freedom First International President)

 

Dear Attorney James Glasgow and Officials, 

We are deeply troubled by recent events involving 16 month-old Joliet Township resident-Semaj Crosby. As you very well know, Semaj Crosby, died on Sunday April 27, 2017- After 30 hours of searching for this child’s lifeless body, which tragically was found inside of a couch in the same Joliet Township residence which she lived. 

Respectfully Certain members of Semaj Crosby’s family, advocates and concerned residents of the city (township), as well as concerned people both in Illinois and nationally deserve to know what happened to this child. Simply put, we need answers and updates.  According to last known public facts, The coroner just yesterday determined, that the final cause and manner of the girl’s death is a  homicide, and for us. this is disturbing to say the least.

Please correct us on any facts that may show error but a recent Sheriff’s Office Freedom of Information Act release did disclose that officers came to Semaj’s Joliet Township house 59 times between February 2016 and April 2017. Forty of those calls were for probation checks. Also, according to records two of those calls were for “welfare checks,” one of them in October 2016 and one on March 4, 2017, records show. The concern here is with multiple agencies regularly coming into the residence-It is believed, more could have been done by ways of early intervention, subjectively this child’s life may have been saved.

While we support and uphold the efforts of local authorities to investigate, and support the ongoing review into the murder of this child, we respectfully request that a continued “Independent,” federal criminal civil rights investigation into the death of Semaj Crosby, must proceed. 

While-the vast majority of police officers serve and protect their communities, incidents like this if not handled properly degrade the trust necessary to maintain the relationship between law enforcement and communities. We urge you folks to swiftly conduct all necessary investigations and update the public accordingly. Still, what’s missing is the ongoing update of limited facts to restore the public confidence, which at this point according to a growing number of citizens, feel is beginning to diminish. 

For the record my organization has worked on a national level with human rights and civil rights cases including Tamir Rice (Cleveland, OH) and George Stinney (Manning, SC), and we are committed to supporting advocacy on the ground, and more so the goal of finding “Justice for Semaj Crosby.”

Lastly, “While we are aware of recent limited statements regarding the local investigation interference into this matter,-we also believe the outrageous nature of this death should prompt (an) immediate and thorough investigation  as well as regular community updates.”  Public accountability has to occur regardless of any community emotions that exist.  “We cannot imagine a scenario facing the City of Joliet (Joliet Township)  and Will County which more obviously demands accountability and justice.”

It is our goal to bring further attention to this case with a serious progressive national push in the coming days.

Bishop Gregg L Greer
President, Freedom First International (Executive Team)

Bcc:

Joliet City Mayor

Joliet County Supervisor

Joliet County Trustees 

Joliet Prosecutor 

Will County Deputy Coroner 

Freedom First International Executive Team

Local News

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(For National Distribution-Sent September 13, 2017)