Has Anita Alvarez set Jason Van Dyke up for acquittal?

Has Anita Alvarez set Jason Van Dyke up for acquittal?

note: this was taken from an attorney’s blog, but I think it is a good discussion of the different types of murder charges available re ‪#‎LaquanMcDonald‬


‘First Degree Murder vs. Second Degree Murder in Illinois

First degree murder is the most serious criminal charge and does not allow consideration of “good time” so if you are convicted you will serve every day of the mandatory minimum plus any additional years that are part of your sentence. The criminal offense of first degree murder is differentiated from second degree murder below.

First Degree Murder

1. The unjustified killing of another individual where the act that caused the victim’s death meets any of these standards:

a. The perpetrator has the actual intent to cause a death or cause great bodily harm or knows that the act will inflict such harm or death; or

b. The perpetrator knows his or her actions will result in a high probability of great bodily harm or death; or

c. The death occurs during the commission of a felony (other than second degree murder) (Felony Murder).

Second Degree Murder

While the penalties for second degree murder are not as severe as first degree murder, the offense still results in life-changing consequences. Second degree murder is a Class 1 Felony that carries exposure to a prison term of 4 to 20 years. However, probation is available for up to four years.

2. Second degree murder is defined under Illinois law as committing an act that would constitute first degree murder but is mitigated by any of the factors below:

a. The act was committed when the accused was in a state of sudden and intense passion caused by serious provocation from the victim or someone the accused attempts to kill when inadvertently killing an innocent bystander; or

b. When attempting to act in self-defense to prevent imminent use of unlawful force likely to cause great bodily harm or death or a forcible felony, but the belief that the use of force was necessary is not objectively reasonable (sometimes referred to as “imperfect self-defense”).’

with just the information made available to the public. A conviction of Jason Van Dyke is more likely on a charge of 2nd degree murder. jASON VAN DYKE MUG SHOTSA Anita Alvarez’s choice to charge him with 1st degree murder is an attempt to avoid conviction.

After the poor charging and forced acquittal of Dante Servin dante servinfor the murder of ‪#‎ReikaBoyd‬  reika boydyou can appreciate my suspicion of SA Anita Alvarez.anita alvarez

 I have no reason to believe she won’t do the same thing again.

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I woke to learn that Malcolm London had been arrested and called the CPD first district number that had been tweeted out.MALCOM lONDON

the Lt. that answered the phone offered an interesting perspective.

London is a horrible person who hit another HUMAN BEING.
He deserved to be arrested.

I pointed out that he was protesting the failure of the system to arrest Jason Van Dyke for OVER a year, for killing another human being…jASON VAN DYKE MUG SHOT

“no one cared about Mr McDonald before he died. No one marched then”

No, we marched for him. we just didn’t know his name until he was murdered, I responded. we have been marching a long time.black power salute

she hung up.




Black Lives Matter to Black People who have been taught that Black Lives Matter…

the struggle is real

when Black people ask me why dont Black Lives matter to Black People…

I wonder what fucking planet they live on.
“do they speak English in WHAT?”

I live in a society that tells me at EVERY turn that I and mine ain’t shit.
When I rant about oppression, I am called “militant” and “revolutionary” and “troublemaker”. im black yall
“we aren’t like you, Dee” “I cant be angry all the time” “Girl you need JESUS”
and then some fucked up shit happens to a child and there is the ritualistic wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth and weeping and wailing…


when did we teach Black folks that Black Lives MATTER?flag bondage

I believe that a community as oppressed as ours,
needs to stop blaming itself for evidencing oppression.
we don’t control guns, schools, policing in our community.
we don’t even control most churches as too many and ooftah crazed doing MASSA’s bidding, instead of BlackLiberationTheology.

we beat our children as if time has stood still and beating was good enough for my momma, why not me. there was a time that we beat children so Massa wouldnt sell them away, so that the KKK wouldnt lynch them, and the world has changed some and maybe we need to at least think about changing too.flag-noose

we abandon children to the system- I remember the first time I saw the smoldering rage in the tears of a child publicly betrayed and humiliated by teacher and parent… I promised myself that I WOULD NEVER DO THAT TO MY CHILD. I will kick that ass all the way home, rant and rave all night and start again in the morning, but not in public.

I recall the snear on the face of the white teacher who wanted me to help her emotionally lynch my child. first confusion, then disbelief and then anger. while I sat calmly, ‘no miss ann, that is not what my son said” ” my daughter said the event occured differently” ” how is what you are saying respectful to me or my child”white womens tears collection

“cause you cant sell my baby away from me anymore and BITCH you dont own me either.”patsey pinky tea

we have failed to educate our children/ History is both a shield and a sword. Black History Month is most of CPS is driffle about Martin’s DreamMLK hands up and Rosa’s Seat . they dont know Frederickfrederick douglass or Harriet or Langston or James.

when was the last time you heard or said “Nigger’s aint Shit”

Black Lives Matter to Black People who have been taught that Black Lives Matter…

By Any Means Necessary!malcolm x


we who believe in FREEDOM

Dude said that only bad black kids get murdered by the police,
good black kids stay put of trouble.

I asked: so an honor student has a greater right to live than a struggling student.
math and science students are worth more than vocational students. oh and wait. the killer knew what type of student they were when they were killed.

My sons dont wear a sign that says that state that
they are academically and musically and athletically gifted,
a list of courses taken,
books read,
projects completed,
from a close knit loving family.

my sons look like every other black man in America
(but more handsome and intelligent, I love them..).

none of what they know or do will stop some privilege racist cop from killing them and lying about what happened.

the fuckery and foolishness of the willfully uninformed, the arrogantly ignorant and the silence of alleged allies and terrified unaffected, damns this situation to fester and re-occur.

the life of every black mother’s son must matter just as much as the life of every white mothers son..

Robert Cornelius

After this violent weekend, I think it is time to put this idea out into the larger universe. There were peace rallies outside churches, and vigils, and marches, and still 82 people got shot, 14 fatally. Obviously that model is not working. Thugs and gangbangers don’t go to peace rallies. Or church. We have to figure out a better way to reach these kids where they live, and I have a couple ideas.
For the past few of months, I have been researching, meeting with people from the city and state legislatures, business people, community leaders, artists, technicians, and anyone else who would listen, trying to help organize the kick-off of what I hope will be the biggest volunteer project in Chicago history. We have to change the mindset of these kids and the best way to do that is to give them options, to teach them empathy, to help them consider the possibilities, and to start allowing them to dream about the future. In their very own neighborhoods. Doing something they like to do.
My first question is…How many hours would you be willing to volunteer every week to help save a kid’s life? Is two hours too many? Too few?
What do you consider your greatest skill, or talent? Sports, music, math, dance, theater, visual art, management, sewing, writing, cooking, construction, plumbing, anything at all? Would you be willing to share that skill with the young people of your community for just a couple hours a week?
What buildings in your community might be utilized as meeting places? Churches, youth centers, arts centers, parks, schools, anywhere? The park and field house across the street from my house sit mostly empty, under utilizing all of that public space every day. Baseball diamonds, a soccer pitch, eight tennis courts, and space! Schools sit empty for hours a day, fully staffed, supported and functioning, but with no young people in them
What is standing in your way?
What are you waiting for?
So here is The Neighborhoods Project for your consideration. Consider if these young people think they have a chance, see that successful people are JUST LIKE THEM, and start to develop whatever talents or interests they might have. The impact would be overwhelming. All requiring only two hours a week of your time. Would you be willing to sacrifice two hours a week to help give a kid a chance?
I am interested to hear comments, suggestions, concerns, and anything else you have to offer. Except for reiterating the problem. We all recognize there is a problem. We all know how devastating it is. The difference is, this is an idea that presents solutions that ostensibly won’t cost anything, gets people involved, and shows these kids that somebody cares. A lot of them don’t have that.
This all started after reading suburbanites lamenting and bad mouthing the city and our problems with violence, but only step into the city and neighborhoods for fun and frivolity, articles in national publications calling us the murder capital of the US, and only showing the worst we have to offer (anyone see any national news about the August Wilson competition? Science fairs? Spelling bees? Robotics? Anything positive?), and friends who are trying to do good things in the city, and hearing gun shots every time they step out in the street. All of this assumes there is no hope. It is time for us as citizens of this beautiful city to take care of our own. I believe more than anything else that it can be done. Consider this:If all of my friends-just my facebook friends-asked two people to pledge their time, that would be 6000 volunteers. Think of the impact we could make with that embarrassment of riches. And that is just from people I know. We are trying to get businesses involved by allowing their employees two hours a week to be a part of their neighborhoods, colleges to make it a part of student curricula, which will also make sure it carries on to the next generation, seniors/elders, who are a wealth of knowledge and really only want to see young people do well, and anyone else that has anything to offer. There are no celebrity names attached to this as yet, but there are big names in every community of this city. Lets not wait for somebody famous to get involved before do something. We are running out of time, and we cannot lose another generation to this madness.
So the question is the same one I asked at the beginning of this post…How many hours would you be willing to volunteer every week to help save a kid’s life? Without it costing you anything but your time and your talent. Think about it. There are so many things kids in our communities don’t know. But kids are kids. If you give them the opportunity, who knows what they are capable of. Economics is no excuse for bad behavior, or for we as adults to throw up our hands. This is all of our problem. Lets create solutions together. There is always hope. I will not be calling anyone out until I leave this up for 24 hours, but I know a LOT of people in this city, and I want to make sure it is brought to your attention, but tagging is next.
Yes, this is how I am spending my vacation. Interested to hear from you about all of this. To quote one of my own lyrics, “I know its hard, but if we start and you stick with me, we might still change the world.” Go.