The city acknowledges that Servin, seated in his car, fired five shots blindly over his shoulder at a man with whom he’d exchanged angry words.
That man was Antonio Cross who was on his cellphone when he was shot in the thumb. Another bullet struck 22-year-old Rekia as she turned to escape the gunfire. She died the next day.
“We didn’t even get a damn I’m sorry yet. We’re still waiting,” said Boyd’s brother, Martinez Sutton.
Rekia’s Boyd’s family will receive $4.5 million as part of a wrongful death settlement approved by the city council. But justice, they say, will not be served until and unless Detective Servin is criminally charged.
For years, there has been an assumption made that African-Americans are largely discriminated against at the voting booth, well now that assumption has been turned into a fact. According to a new study conducted by Dr. Cathy Cohen of Univ. of Chicago and Jon Rogowski of Washington Univ., voter identification laws are applied unevenly across racial groups and have significant discriminatory effects on Black and Latino youth under age 30.
The path toward economic empowerment is a long one, full of many obstacles along the way. One of the latest disappointments is the recent failure of Covenant Bank, run on the west side of Chicago by Pastor Bill Winston. The bank was closed last week by regulators, which impacted the investments of 3,000 people in the Forest Park Church.
Another black-owned bank, Liberty Bank & Trust Co. out of New Orleans, assumed $58 million of Covenant Bank’s assets and $54 million in liabilities. The bank was acquired for $3 million four years ago by a group led by Winston. Members of his congregation provided the financing necessary to make the transaction go through.
Today I had the honor and pleasure of speaking with Arva Rice, the President and CEO of the New York Urban League. Rice, a graduate of Northwestern University, is no stranger to the urban community. Aside from living right outside of Chicago while attending Northwestern, she has dedicated close to twenty years of her life in the non-profit sector.
The nation has grieved the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year old honor student who was killed very close to the home of President Barack Obama. The young woman was shot shortly after performing for the president’s inauguration, and has become a symbol of the cyclone of violence that has engulfed the city of Chicago.
The community made calls for President Obama to attend the girl’s funeral as a show of support for the victims of inner city violence. The president was highly responsive to killings in Colorado and Connecticut, but there are those who felt that he was ignoring violence that involved black children. Hadiya’s shooting not only got the attention of the black community, but the White House also took notice, since the killing occurred in a neighborhood deemed to be “safe.”