CHICAGO (Sept 23, 2020) – The Chicago Progressive Caucus joins the nation in mourning the senseless death of Breonna Taylor and is deeply disturbed by the announcement that no one will be held criminally responsible for her murder. This decision was delayed for far too long and comes up far short of a just result. The continued trauma resulting from today’s decision impacts the social and emotional well-being of people in communities already hurting from the impacts of systemic racism and is magnified by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chicago Progressive Caucus will continue to escalate the critical importance of establishing civilian oversight of the police, and other reforms focused on public safety, including the specific issues of “No-Knock Warrants” which are at the crux of Ms. Taylor’s death and also negatively and disproportionately impact Black and Brown people.
The Progressive Reform Caucus includes Ald. Daniel LaSpata (1); Ald. Sophia King (4); Ald. Leslie Hairston (5); Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6); Ald. Susan Sadlowski-Garza (10); Ald. Stephanie Coleman (16); Ald. David Moore (17); Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20); Ald. Michael Rodriquez (22); Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25); Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29); Ald. Rossana Rodriquez (33); Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35); Ald. Felix Cardona, Jr. (31); Ald. Scott Waugespack (32); Ald. Andre Vasquez (40); Ald. Matt Martin (47); Ald. Maria Hadden (49).