Attorneys Threaten To Have City Held In Contempt Over 6 Deaths By Police

Crista Noel with Women’s All Points Bulletin
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Attorneys who won a consent decree in federal court requiring reforms in the Chicago Police Department are threatening to have the city held in contempt over a half dozen citizen deaths.  

Attorney Alexa Van Brunt, with the McArthur Justice Center, said she’s deeply concerned.  

“The consent decree explicitly requires respect for sanctity of life, as well as specific mental health measures; and Myles Frazier was in mental health crisis when he was shot and killed in his own home by a SWAT team. So, I think the evidence is in the killings  The evidence is in the lack of response from our leaders," she said.

The city, she said, could be held in contempt. 

"We're the first city in the country to get a consent decree over a police department where the communities most affected by police violence have the power to go into federal court and enforce that decree and we intend to use that power, but we shouldn't have to," Van Brunt said.

Activists who were plaintiffs in the Campbell vs. City of Chicago case stood with Van Brunt in front of a poster showing the faces of the six people killed by police officers this year. 

“You do not have to shoot to kill. It is not necessary,” said Crista Noel, with the group, Women’s All Points Bulletin. “There aren’t any police officers being killed. As a matter of fact, they’re the only people getting to go home to their families. None of these individuals got to go home to their families.”