Family of Roshad McIntosh Sues City

Press Release:

Sarah Gelsomino

Family of Roshad McIntosh, a Young Black Male Fatally Shot by Chicago Police Officers, Files Lawsuit Against City of Chicago

CHICAGO, March 4, 2015 – Today, the People’s Law Office held a press conference announcing the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police officers responsible for the fatal shooting of nineteen year-old Roshad McIntosh. The case is brought on behalf of McIntosh’s 3-year old son.

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, Roshad McIntosh was on the 2800 block of West Polk Street when Chicago police officers confronted him and his companions. Roshad began to flee, but quickly surrendered at a neighboring residence. Despite his surrender, Chicago police officers shot at Roshad, who was unarmed, without cause or provocation, and killed him.

Cynthia Lane, Roshad’s mother, stated: “I lost my son, he was taken from me. I’m really hurt. Roshad’s death has affected me emotionally in ways I never knew were possible. The law suit will never bring him back; but it will help answer a lot of questions that we have. Our family needs to know why they shot and killed him.”

The Chicago Police Department has yet to identify the officers responsible for Roshad’s death or release any information regarding investigation into the shooting.

Roshad’s death has been highlighted at BlackLivesMatter actions throughout the city. He was killed just a few weeks after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, which enraged the nation and set off nationwide protests over the killing of civilians by law enforcement officers and other systemic police violence against people of color.

The lawsuit alleges that Roshad’s death resulted from the City of Chicago’s failure to adequately train, supervise, and discipline officers who shoot civilians, and failure to thoroughly investigate police shootings. This misconduct is allowed to continue unchecked due in large part to a police code of silence which serves to protect police officers who violate the Constitution.

Data demonstrates that over the last decade, black Chicagoans were ten times more likely to be shot by Chicago police officers than white Chicagoans. Furthermore in the first six months of 2014, 23 of 27 people who were shot by a Chicago police officer were black. To make matters worse, the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) rarely holds police officers accountable for their misconduct. From late 2007 to July of 2014, IPRA investigated approximately 312 shootings by Chicago police officers. Of the investigations of “officer involved shootings” that were completed, only one officer was found to have violated any department rules.

“The death of Roshad McIntosh was beyond tragic and is unjustifiable. It is unconscionable that the City of Chicago continues to fight transparency and shield the wrongdoing of their police officers instead of thoroughly investigating this and other instances of police violence,” said Sarah Gelsomino, a lawyer with People’s Law Office representing the family of Roshad McIntosh. “This lawsuit seeks not only justice for the family of Roshad McIntosh but to finally bring to light the circumstances of Roshad’s death, which the CPD has kept hidden from his family and from the public.”

A copy of the lawsuit can be found here:

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Families of Chicagoans Killed by Police to Demand Accountability at Police Headquarters

Nov. 5 protest to commemorate birthday of Rekia Boyd, an unarmed bystander killed by off duty CPD officer Dante Servin in 2012.

Chicago 11/3 — On Wednesday 11/5, families and loved ones of people who have lost their lives at the hands of Chicago Police will rally with supporters outside police headquarters at 3510 S. Michigan. Those speaking out will include Martinez Sutton, representing the family of Rekia Boyd, Cynthia Lane, the mother of Roshad McIntosh and Panzy Edwards, the mother of Dakota Bright.

Dante Servin, the off duty CPD officer who killed Rekia Boyd, is scheduled to be tried for shooting a civilian. The trial is set to begin on December 3rd. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct.

The families of those killed by police say they want the officers who shot their loved ones to be held accountable. Cynthia Lane, speaking at a press conference about the officer who killed her son, said, “I don’t know age, nothing. I don’t know what he looks like. But, if it was the other way around and somebody had killed the police officer, their name, their age, their address, their nationality, everything, where they’re from, their whole history would have been on the news.”

Organizers of the demonstration say on the event’s facebook page that Rekia Boyd’s family needs support not only commemorate her life, but to bring attention to the often unrecognized violence against women at the hands of the police.

The event description states, “Though the crimes of police brutality and sexual violence against women of color have been committed systematically in Chicago and throughout the U.S., these stories remain unheard… Please join them to protest the ways in which the Chicago Police Department obstruct, rather than uphold, the rights of women of color to raise their children in safe and healthy environments without the constant threat of senseless violence.”

At the demonstration family members and loved ones of those killed by police, along with their supporters, will make the following demands:

1. We advocate for an end to all beatings, sexual abuse and torture of women of color by the police and demand an end to the impunity given to police officers for their crimes.

2. We demand that Dante Servin’s charges be raised from Manslaughter to 2nd Degree murder and that he be convicted in court.

3. We demand that the Chicago Police Department’s disproportionate use of deadly force against black residents be investigated by the State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois Anita Alvarez.

4. We demand an investigation into the deaths of all individuals killed by CPD by the Department of Justice.

5. We demand for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (As called for by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression) to serve as a democratically elected committee that oversees the actions of the Chicago Police Department to ensure true justice is being carried out, and the community is involved in matters of hiring, firing and the accountability of the actions of those in the force.

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Rally for Roshad McIntosh: Today at 5pm, at 2600 W Harrison

5PM, Friday 8/29: Rally for Roshad McIntosh

Community and Family Demand Name of Cop Who Killed Him
Chicago 8/29 — Today at 5pm, at 2600 W Harrison, Roshad McIntosh’s community will hold another protest in his name. An announcement for the gathering was posted last night to Facebook and Twitter.

Roshad was shot by police on August 24th in his North Lawndale neighborhood. At a press conference Wednesday, The Dissenter reports, his mother Dawn said, “My son was killed senselessly, and he shouldn’t have been. He was surrendering, and they shot him anyway. He was on his knees with both hands up begging for his life. They killed him.”

On Wednesday evening, hundreds of community members marched on the 11th precinct police station, demanding the name of the officer who killed Roshad. Video:

Community members organizing these protests say: “We want the name of the cop that killed Roshad. We want him arrested and held accountable – immediately. We want every cop who was present the night Roshad was murdered to be held accountable. We want the police out of our communities – their racist campaign of terrorizing us, brutalizing us, putting us in prison cages and exterminating us has to end immediately. We want our community park back, immediately. We want our programs and the resources to benefit our kids and our communities that will lead to self-empowerment and autonomy.”

Roshad McIntosh’s death and the community response to it has been covered by: Democracy Now!, Examiner, ABC 7, Chicago Tribune, The Dissenter, DNAinfo Chicago, Huffington Post, and more.

A Storify post about his death has received over 32,000 views.

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