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The Cook County Bar Association announces criminal justice reform platform and town hall meeting

On Monday, January 4, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. the Cook County Bar Association (“CCBA”), will hold a Press Conference at James D. Montgomery & Associates, LTD, located at 1 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2450, Chicago, Illinois to announce its platform on Criminal Justice Reform in Chicago and a Town Hall Meeting. The town hall meeting is scheduled for January 7, 2016 to address the legal aspects of the spate of shootings of African-Americans by members of the Chicago Police Department and Criminal Justice Reform. This meeting will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W. 95th Street, Chicago, Illinois. Benjamin Crump, President of the National Bar Association, will be a guest speaker and panelist.

View the CCBA Town Hall Meeting flyer here.

The CCBA will present a platform on Criminal Justice Reform identifying recommended actions for public officials, policy revisions, and legal reforms. The CCBA will advocate in partnership with lawmakers and other stakeholders to achieve these goals. Topics for discussion include:
· the death of Rekia Boyd and the prosecution of Dante Servin;
· the shooting of LaQuan McDonald and the video that contradicted the police reports;
· the delay in release of the McDonald video and the delay in seeking criminal prosecution of Van Dyke;
· the failure to charge Officer Hernandez for the shooting of Ronald Johnson, and the delay in release of the Johnson video;
· the recent shooting of Bettie Jones and 19 year old Quintonio LeGrier as police responded to a call for help in a domestic dispute.

The Cook County Bar Association is the oldest bar association of African-American judges and lawyers in the nation. Now in its 101st year of existence, the members of the Cook County Bar Association are committed to speaking out against injustice and advocating for change in the systems which sustain the culture of rage, racism and violence we experience on a daily basis. For more information, visit

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