Congresswoman Kelly Statement on the Verdict Reached in the Fatal Shooting of Laquan McDonald

Rep. Robin Kelly
Congresswoman Robin Kelly (Image Provided)
Chicago, IL –(ENEWSPF)—October 5, 2018
Contacts: James Lewis and Mary Paleologos

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, a member of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group, released this statement on the verdict reached in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald:

“Today, justice was served. While no verdict can bring Laquan McDonald back to his family and friends, we have seen that justice can be delivered to victims and their families.

The process by which this case was brought forward and executed should be an example to other communities around this country. Far too often, the murders of young black men and women by law enforcement make headlines but never make it to a jury trial. This must change.

Many of my family members are in law enforcement and I know the great responsibility and sacrifice that comes with wearing the badge.  But that doesn’t mean we should grant automatic deference to law enforcement in deadly force cases. This case must be a catalyst for real reforms at CPD and other police forces around the country.

As a member of bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group, I remain committed to working toward changing policies and rebuilding the fractured trust that exists between communities and law enforcement because of cases like this.”


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