Two days ago the jury decide to convict officer Van dyke for multiple counts including the second degree murder of Laquan McDonald-normally this would close a chapter in a bad situation that took a young life of  17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Officer Van Dyke was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.
With the conviction of Officer Jason Va Dyke, we at Freedom First Intentional believe- that with what happened inside the jury deliberation room, the main debate was truly not about whether to acquit or convict, We never doubted that officer Van Dyke was guilty of murder. 
In truth jurors were split on whether to find Officer Van Dyke guilty of first-degree murder, or second but even by standard-we at Freedom first International believe that officer Van Dyke is merely a poster boy for a long term generational police force that has long misused and abused a underrepresented populous. We ask these questions: 

How long does the black community have to struggle to address the long-term systematic genocide that simply reiterates the known fact that our community has been so powerfully underwritten or even written off by those seeking to maintain the status quo?

Yes, in truth, the deep-rooted class system that has existed for hundreds of years is still very much in play in Chicago and around the country to date. Racial inequality in America has its parallel in a class inequality system, even though by definition, race and class are not the same thing.

The class system, for the record, is a defined system of stratification based on economic position in which people are ranked based on achievements such as education and wealth.


The Black community has to understand that the one-sided rhetoric of “law and order,” that Officer Van Dyke comes from was first used by Southern segregationists of the Jim Crow Era, has become more attractive as mainstream Americans have turned to outright racial discrimination, mostly a the urging of a President with more then questionable motives.

In truth jurors were split on whether to find Officer Van Dyke guilty of first-degree murder, or second but even by standard-we at Freedom First International believe that officer Van Dyke is merely a poster boy for a long term generational police force that long misused and abused a underrepresented black Community.

Yes, it is well documented that we at Freedom First International helped organize various protest and court support with William Calloway and others at the core of this fight. We are truly proud of our comrade William and all who stayed the course. We pray for the family of the deceased teen.

But with that in mind we reserve celebration for a time when-the long term challenges of community violence and police abuse,as well as official misconduct that plague black and poor are minimized, this cold winter we have much much more work to do-that work must not stop.

We at Freedom First International will continue to fight because-These racists need to simply own up to their ugly past of slavery and make it right by society, instead of denying, shifting blame, lying, twisting the facts and making black people into these ungodly creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear.

We would ask that everyone-Speak up against police inaction. Then, tell your child that he is protected, first by God, and then you. Afterward, we must champion our children’s rights. Then add a training session to the life lesson for your young men and women about the existence of systematic racism and oppression ― be honest with them, tell them the odds are against them, but they can overcome if they have righteous will and fortitude.

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International


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For Immediate Release:  Chicago Community Activist will Protest local store where worker killed a Chicago Man over a bottle of beer-This Sunday!

For Immediate Release:  Chicago Community Activist will Protest local store where worker killed a Chicago Man over a bottle of beer-This Sunday!



Sunday July 8,2018 at 4:00 pm

                                     Wines and Spirits 308 E 75th St Chicago, IL 60619

Chicago Community Activist will protest against a local store due to an unfortunate incident where the store security beat a man to death for allegedly trying to steal a bottle of bear. This incident now reported is just one incident in a flurry of incidents where people in Chicago’s black community believe businesses are taking advantage of those in Chicago-who live in poor and oppressed communities, by giving lack of service, mistreatment and everything in between leaving tensions on high.

(Recap according to information given to the Chicago Sun-times) 

A security guard accused of beating a man to death last month over a stolen bottle of liquor at a Park Manor neighborhood store was denied bail Tuesday.
Christopher Emmons, 57, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Herbert Lemon, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Lemon was severely beaten by Emmons June 12 inside the liquor store at 308 E. 75th St. and died two days later, Assistant State’s Attorney Maurice Alayo said Tuesday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

The beating happened about 1:20 p.m, according to Chicago Police.  Surveillance video recorded the day before that showed Lemon stealing the bottle and followed him into the store, Alayo said. Once inside, surveillance video recorded Emmons lock the door and put on a pair of gloves. When Lemon walked up to the counter with a bottle of beer, Emmons punched him twice in the face without warning, Alayo said.


Emmons pulled Lemon deeper into the store and continued to beat Lemon even after he fell to the ground. He then lifted him to his feet and a second person punched Lemon in the face at least twice, Alayo said.
Chicago Police officers arrived, but Lemon declined to press charges on Emmons, Alayo said. Lemon was later found unresponsive in his house by his girlfriend. He was taken to a hospital and underwent brain surgery, but showed no brain activity after the operation.

He was taken off life support and died June 14.The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide from multiple head injuries suffered in an assault.

The activist want people in the community to know that they are clearly entitled to fair and quality service and we as Chicago activist leadership will no longer tolerate any complaints of racism and fears of gentrification that are rising in Chicago. Meanwhile, Arab Americans have gained a foothold in the city by expanding their small business ownership after chain stores left, but they continue to struggle with their own identity, and will be unable to secure on their place in the race construct and power structure-if they don’t handle local patrons respectfully. 

In any case the activist feel that no one deserves to lose their life over a cheap bottle of beer and we all believe the store should be held accountable. 

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WHAT:   Chicago Community Activist will Protest Local store where worker killed a Chicago Man over a bottle of beer! 

WHERE:   Sunday July 8, 2018 at 4:00pm CST.    Wines and Spirits 308 E 75th St Chicago, IL 60619

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence interrupters and multiple community activist.

WHY:  Problems and Issues Local merchant who many in the community who worker killed a local 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -Public Interest Story about activist looking to effect change on a local and national level. 

AREA of INTEREST: Community Activist  Reform against_unfair treatment from merchant 

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

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You may contact President, Gregg L.Greer at (312) 833-8231 (cell) or by email at 

Media Director Frederick Washington, for Media, email or for more information. 

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

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

george alex Granias

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.


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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)


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 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:
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 “,” 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 “,” “,” and in a jab to Illinois’ former governor, “”. In December 2013, Granias registered, 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


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


(For National Distribution-Sent September 21, 2017)


Media Statement: The Questionable Death of Shawn Brider-Chicago Man who died in Custody

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“The Questionable Death of  Shawn Brider in Chicago is tragic. For this Man to die in Custody in a District 3 Police lockup is another unfortunate clog in the wheels of injustice that adds to a sad and tragic collection of unfortunate incidents-again when traffic stops and normal encounters with citizens turn deadly-we all must question-the effects of what could have been done differently by CPD to avoid loss of life.

Outside of the unnecessary loss of life. There is a larger issue that officials and everyone on the ground must consider that is:

The Black Community in Poor Chicago are systematically being forced down a dark well and worn out by the constant microaggressions, with every incident deepens the divide. When a suspect is arrested for merely sleeping in a car, we would have to ask the question where is the accountability? Did Brider have to be arrested and taken to the district or could he have been ticked?-The evidence is super compelling: The Chicago Police Department is in urgent need of reform. While the problems are clear, the path to solutions is filled with controversy. Even after Chicago Police Department was sanctioned by DOJ federal investigators who found that officers routinely used excessive force against minorities and tolerated “racially discriminatory conduct” by officers we still are seeing wide-spread abuse and issues-that could be routinely avoidable.” A change is needed CPD!

Pastor Gregg L.Greer-Freedom First International, SCLC Chicago 

-If we as American Citizens continue to feel alienated and see that day in and day out- our human life is being taken without even a small ‘trinket,’ of justice-Then we literally give a “green light,” to those who wish to bring gasoline to fan racial flames and say that the “killing of a black man in America-means nothing to the law, because when you kill them’ you will not face charges. We now appeal for Law and Order and Common Sense, with Chicago Police Power. We then say’ That is a loss of life sets a dangerous pattern, and it must end!

We are now involved and will assist the community in this investigation for justice our call is global and we do this for Shawn Brider. We will use #Whathappenedtoshawnbrider

 Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International (SCLC)



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