Court Finds Chicago Cop Not Guilty for Killing Unarmed Black Woman, Then Arrests Her Brother for Protesting

US police killed at least 325 people in the 102 days from 1 January to 12 April 2015—at a rate of over three per day. The victims of these police shootings are very disproportionately people of color.

Racism, and even overt, violent white supremacy, has been well documented among the US police force. In Ferguson, Missouri, Americans rose up against the constant police killings of unarmed black teens; the Black Lives Matter contemporary civil rights movement emerged out of this.

Rarely are cops even indicted for killing Americans, yet alone punished. In fact, they often claim that they themselves are victims.

Dante Servin, the Chicago cop who killed Rekia Boyd, an unarmed 22-year-old black woman, was one of the few cops who faced charges for murdering an innocent person. He shot Boyd in 2012, so it took three years before a court finally acted, but it did happen.

On 20 April 2015, that court found Servin not guilty of all charges.

The courtroom erupted in protest. Four people were arrested, including Martinez Sutton, the late Rekia Boyd’s own brother.

Similarly, the only person indicted over the police killing of unarmed innocent man Eric Garner by chokehold-induced suffocation was Ramsey Orta, the young man who filmed it. In the wake of the release of the video, cops harassed and arrested Orta for minor alleged crimes.

Orta’s family claimed he was innocent, and that police were only targeting him because he filmed them murdering Eric Garner. The police responded by going after Orta’s family.

In the US Justice System, victims of police brutality do not receive justice; instead, their family members are punished for having the temerity to care about their lost loved ones.