For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters and Chicago Activist to draw attention to the backlog of testing at the Illinois Crime Lab that prevents Crimes from begin solved!

For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters and Chicago Activist to draw attention to the backlog of testing at the Illinois Crime Lab that prevents Crimes from begin solved!

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Chicago, IL, on Friday afternoon Chicago Community activist leadership will meet to highlight community concerns over the critical backlog of tests on evidence at Illinois State Police labs which has climbed into the thousands of cases and also interfered with the investigation and closure criminal cases while reports show the agency sat on money that could have accelerated results-again, according to established reports. The activist are calling the rally “We won’t stop until the body count stops.”

 
Fact do show that the state has seen a growing backlog of untested samples and has struggled to improve testing turnaround time.

In previous news reports- Auditor General William Holland concluded that state police provided misleading or incorrect numbers to the governor and Legislature, misstating the size of the backlog.
Holland surveyed state’s attorneys and police statewide about the backlog, and 46 percent said delays in getting test results from the state police had meant criminal charges weren’t filed, cases were delayed or charges dropped, or suspects were acquitted.

“We are falling further and further behind in forensics,” said St. Clair State’s Attorney Bob Haida. “In theory, we can have innocent people charged and guilty people go free.”

“We began making adjustments as issues arose during the course of the audit and they have already begun to improve our system,” Monken said during a news conference at state police headquarters.

The number of cases that had not been analyzed within 30 days grew from 3,426 in 2002 to 10,387 in 2007, or 203 percent, the report said. The amount of evidence submitted for analysis grew 10 percent during the period while forensic staffing fell 3 percent.

Of $387 million provided the department for forensic services during those six years, $19.3 million went unspent, according to Holland’s audit, including $7.7 million for potential employees’ salaries and benefits.

Governor Pritzkers involvement

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order late August creating a “task force on forensic science” to study a fix for Illinois’ sample backlog that has doubled in the last two years, but those actions are slow.

“This is going to be very, very important,” Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly said at the order’s signing. “The governor rightly wants us to be the premier laboratory system in this country.”

State labs have more than 8,000 unfinished DNA tests, according to June numbers from ISP. More than 2,700 of those cases involve sexual assault or abuse.

Quotes from Bishop Gregg L. Greer and Tio Hardiman-Primary Organizers.

 

According to Bishop Gregg L.Greer-An externally dangerous standard is begin set when officials can’t address the needs of the public-For example-currently the Chicago Police Murder (Homicide)  9.4 % Clearance rate stands against the top ten worst cities in the nation. While part of the problems are logistical in nature (lack of Staffing) there is a very critical public safety issue as well, meaning crimes are not being solved” this issue grossly affects urban communities more often then not. For example we believe there is a possible serial killer taking the lives of women of color, these murders are not being investigated, and that is very tragic!

Everyday, that we have evidence that goes without proper testing, then those who commit these crimes are given the green-light to continue their criminal activity according to Tio Hardiman, President of Violence Interrupters.”

 

Stand with us on August 30, 2019 at 3:30pm for media briefing 

The group plans to move forward with petitioning Governor Pritzkers, as well as sate and city officials including Sheriff Tom Dart and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot during the press conference.


We will have various speakers from all around Chicago. Special Guest Speaker Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Tio Hardiman, Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef, and Dr.Matt Harrington and Stacy Love Chicago Girls Missing many more.
Media You don’t want to miss this urgent public briefing.

 

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WHAT:For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupter and Chicago Activist to draw attention to the backlog of testing at the Illinois Crime Lab that prevents Crimes from being solved!

WHERE: Forensic Science Center at Chicago 1941 W. Roosevelt Rd. Chicago, Illinois 60608 (FRONT DOOR OF LOCATION) 

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters,  Chicago Social Justice Network, Tikkun Chai International, Dr.Matt Harrington,  Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Tio Hardiman, Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef, and a growing list of multiple community activist. 

WHY:

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -Public Interest Story about community activist addressing a serious public safety concerns.  

AREA of INTEREST: Community Activist  Reform against_and continued fight for or justice in urban communities.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:  Not Yet

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

References:

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Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact  Media Director Washington Bailey, for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information or at  (312) 254-9828 extension 6 

You may also Contact Freedom First International President Bishop Gregg L.Greer about the press event at gregggreer72@gmail.com or call 312 254-9828 extension 2

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International is one of the aggressive and growing HumanRightsorganizations in America has lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others1

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent August 29, 2019) 10:30 a.m. Central

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Freedom First International and other Community Activist groups Challenge Chicago Police top brass about murdered and Missing Women 

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Freedom First International and other Community Activist groups Challenge Chicago Police top brass about murdered and Missing Women 
Bishop Gregg L.Greer and Chicago Community Activist Leadership will address the police board meeting (at Chicago Police Board Headquarters) as well as conduct a press conference before the meeting urging Chicago Police Leadership and New Chicago Mayor to address explosive reports that Chicago may have a serial killer on the loose.
The Group is challenging reports that Chicago Police is working with FBI to resolve these cases, and that these cases are being swept under the rug.   

Freedom First International and groups have grown deeply concerned about a growing list of more than 50 deaths in recent months.  Freedom First International agrees with the findings of the Murder Accountability Project, which shows via computer formula highlights a pattern of killings — 50 females strangled and dumped since 2001 that could suggest signal a serial killer.

Many community members are concerned that the Police are not taking the investigations of black women seriously. 

“This isn’t something we’re going to sweet under the rug or put up on the shelf for it to disappear,” said CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson. “We still investigate these cases.”  

Johnson says he’s deeply concerned about these 50 deaths. But the head of the Murder Accountability Project, Thomas Hargrove, says research might show otherwise.

“It’s highly unlikely these 50 women were murdered by 50 separate men,” Hargrove said.

Plan of Action

  • Tonight Freedom First International is asking The Police board including Chicago Police New Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to stand with victims’ families and community members demanding answers and announce a task force to address the potential of Serial Killer in Chicago’s urban areas.
  • Bishop Gregg L.Greer and other community activist will ask the Chicago Police Chief to Clarify the public information that they have informed based on the 50 plus murdered women.
 
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Taken from the Freedom First International Page:

Freedom First Internal, along with partner organizations are asking for a task force and Public Safety Announcements to begin in reference to pattern of killings. The graphic below is an example:

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Reference #1 (Media Articles)

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/4/11/18478064/cpd-to-probe-whether-serial-killer-at-work-in-51-unsolved-murders-of-women

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a27816111/chicago-serial-killer-strangling-women/  

https://afropunk.com/2019/04/chicago-pd-suspect-serial-killer-in-black-women-slayings/  

https://www.bet.com/news/national/2019/04/23/chicago-activists-say-serial-killer-has-been-targeting-black-wom.html  

https://news.yahoo.com/activists-believe-51-unsolved-chicago-025126815.html

Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

 Key

WHAT:   Freedom First International and other Community Activist groups Challenge Chicago Police top brass about Murdered and Missing Women

WHERE:   Thursday June 20, 2019 starting at  6:15pm CST. CPD Headquarters at 35th and Michigan 

(3510 S.Michigan Ave Chicago, IL)

WHO: Freedom First International and multiple community activist.

WHY:  Flurry of Murders in Urban Communities show serial killer potential Chicago Police 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, Public Interest Story about a local problem. 

AREA of INTEREST: Community Activist  Urgent Public Safety Issue in Chicagoland Area

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident: Yes ongoing (see media section)

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

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact  Media Director Frederick Washington, for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information or at  (224) 678-0347

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International has lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent Thursday June 20, 2019) 12:00 noon Central