Freedom First Intentional and members from Several other activist organizations will hold a press briefing and Protest against the Chicago F.O.P for a gun raffle which they believe is “disgusting” and tasteless in the F.O.P to allow a disgraced officer Rialmo’s to mock a public tragedy.
The announcement says the fundraiser will benefit Rialmo, who shot and killed 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier as he carried a baseball bat after a domestic disturbance on the West Side in 2015. Rialmo also accidentally killed bystander Bettie Jones, 55. Rialmo is not being paid as he faces firing for the shooting, a Police Department spokesman said.
Basileios Foutris, an attorney for LeGrier’s father, Antonio, voiced outrage at the event’s details.
The notice for the May 10 evening event at the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police union hall calls for a $20 donation. Ticket holders gain entry into a raffle with advertised prizes of a rifle, a gun and an iPad.
This event follow growing concern and a flurry of protest from members of the community and activists who are calling for increased accountability from the police union, According to Bishop Gregg L. Greer, President of Freedom First International:
“we are now seeing the Chicago FOP act more like a gang, then a group of professionals that should be servicing the public and protecting the public. Actions like this only serve to widen the division of an already temperamental relationship of Chicago Police and the greater Chicago community,” -they must stop and rethink.”
WHAT: For Immediate Release: Activist Protest Against Officer Robert Rialmo and the Chicago F.O.P Fundraiser billing Rialmo as the Cop who shot Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones
WHERE: Friday May 10, 2019 starting at 5:30 pm CST.Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Headquarters, 1412 W. Washington Blvd #3 Chicago, IL 60607 (Front)
WHO: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Chicago Social Justice Network, Tio Hardiman, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Tyrone Muhammad and a growing list of multiple community activist.
WHY: Law Enforcement (CPD) and FOP officials mock public tragedy.
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(For National Distribution-Sent May 9, 2019) 5:00 p.m. Central