April V. Taylor
A group of inter-generational people from Chicago who call themselves, We Charge Genocide, will be sending six organizers to present a report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture at their 53rd Session in Geneva, Switzerland. The United States will be under review during the session, and their hope is that young people of color who are part of marginalized communities and most targeted by police violence in Chicago will have a voice to speak up and have the crimes against humanity committed by the United States addressed by an international community.
One of the organizers of We Charge Genocide, Page May, states, “The youth testimonies and CPD data analyzed in our report to the UN reveals a pattern of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of young people of color by the CPD. This abuse occurs at extraordinary rates, disproportionately against youth of color, and with impunity. Unfortunately, the CPD refuses to acknowledge or respond to this pervasive violence, thus we are appealing to the UN for support.”
This appeal comes on the heels of the United Nations condemning the U.S. for police violence and human rights violations around the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri as well as many others. Monica Trinidad, also an organizer with We Charge Genocide, states that the organization believes that the harassing and brutalizing of people of color legitimately qualifies as torture. Trinidad states, “By verbalizing and presenting the bold testimonies and horrific experiences young people face at the hands of the Chicago Police Department. We hope to persuade the UN to classify Chicago police violence as torture and to take actions to help end this brutal and destructive treatment.”
The group is also focusing on making sure Chicago residents are armed with the information, resources and tools they need to proactively hold police accountable for their actions. The group is in the process of raising money to send the six delegates to Geneva, Switzerland through crowdfunding.