With the increased number of police-related killings of black people, the topic of police reform is heavily debated and discussed. There is much work to be done to overhaul and improve a criminal justice system rooted in systemic racism and injustice. From Police departments, State attorneys’ offices, to the judicial system, and the State and Federal Government, the nation must reckon with this. The recent guilty verdict in the Chauvin Trial once again raised the question of what police reform looks like.
The Chicago Defender spoke with Chief Mitchell Davis, the newly elected and First Black President of the Illinois Association of Police Chiefs, and Jacob Blake, Sr., Activist and father of Jacob Blake. On August 23, 2020, Jacob S. Blake, a 29-year-old black man was shot in the back seven times with his children in the car and seriously injured by a Kenosha police officer. His life changed forever. Since the incident, the Kenosha County District Attorney has declined to seek criminal charges against the officer involved in the shooting.
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Danielle Sanders is a journalist and writer living in Chicago. Find her on Twitter @DanieSanders20.