Reparations and Revolutions: How Chicago Reacts to Police Crimes


According to progressive, investigative magazine Mother Jones, “The killing of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, was no anomaly.” Mother Jones goes on to say that “Brown (August 9 2014) is one of at least four unarmed black men who died at the hands of police in the last month alone.” In Chicago, this pattern is easily recognizable. The 2012 death of Rekia Boyd by an off-duty police officer and police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s infamous torture case has brought police misconduct front and center.

Over the course of the past three months, Real Chi Youth reporters Jaylon Jones, Yahyness White and Grace Barry have met up across Chicago to interview key community members who are advocating for a police accountability council. They spoke to Frank Chapman of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Damon Williams from the Let Us Breathe activist collective, and former 44th Ward Alderman Dick W. Simpson. Inquiries surrounding police crimes, police accountability and community building were made in this short documentary detailing the solutions and conversations around police brutality and accountability.

by Grace Barry, Jaylon Jones and Yahyness White