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Community Group Assails Police Frame-Ups of Polish Immigrants

Latino activists with the Comite Exijimos Justicia (We Demand Justice Committee--CEJ) have followed the murder trials of Polish immigrants Christopher Zara and Voitek Dembski quite closely -- and with good reason. Their say their relatives were framed by the same crooked Chicago police officer.
Community Group Assails Frame-Ups by Police

Det. Guevara got signed "confessions" from defendants
who's primary language is Polish.

Latino activists with the Comite Exijimos Justicia (We Demand Justice Committee--CEJ) have followed the trials of Polish immigrants Christopher Zara and Voitek Dembski quite closely, and with good reason. Their say their relatives were framed by the same crooked Chicago police officer.

The closing arguments promise to be historic attack on this corrupt criminal justice system. They will begin at 9:00 AM on Monday room 600 of the Criminal Court Building.

CEJ activists will host a news conference following at 12 noon, Monday, February 26 outside the 26th & California courthouse to outline the injustices of the trials. Among those speaking will be renowned civil rights attorney Jed Stone, Dembski's lawyer, whom Judge Fiala requested not to speak to the media until the trial was over.

CEJ activists point out that Det. Reynaldo Guevara obtained signed murder "confessions" to statements written in English, even though neither of the boys' first language is English. The murder victim himself, Josef Skowron, before his death said that his assailants appeared to be "Spanish," yet the defendants' features look typically Eastern European.

Assistant State's Attorney Sam Shim testified that no effort was made to audio or video tape the alleged confessions. He also testified that there was no court reporter present to memorialize the events.

CEJ activists charge the trials themselves are farces. They note that Atty. Stone's attempt to introduce the 7" thick Office of Professional Standards file on Guevara was declared inadmissible by Judge Fiala, who ordered the files sealed. At the same time the judge has given prosecutor Rose McDonnell free reign to assail the truth. The Medical Examiner contradicted her statements and testified that there was no medical evidence to support the state allegations.

Det. Guevara's testimony became suspiciously vague upon cross examination. He testified that he never read any of the police Incident or Supplemental Reports. He testified that he only became involved in the case two months after the death of the victim. CEJ activists point out that this is the same technique which Guevara is used to "solve" cases he is involved. "No investigation or physical evidence ever linking the defendants to the crime". "He has beaten confessions or testifies that he uses "confidential Informants" "whatever necessary to close the files" .

Sources close to the defense suggest that Skowron could have been killed by off-duty police officers during the notorious spate of shakedowns on Polish immigrants by Area 5 cops. This would explain why there was no attempt to secure or investigate the crime scene after the Skowron incident.

For more information, please call CEJ at 773.772.9117, or e-mail Rupena09 (at) aol.com.
 
 

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