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CABN to hold Thurs. press conference on police gay-bashing

At 11 a.m. this Thursday, May 31st in the lobby of the Federal Courthouse, 219 W. Dearborn, the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network will host a press conference announcing the filing of the suit by yet another Chicago Gay man who was attacked by police.
Over 35 organizations from around the city will come together at 12 noon this Saturday, June 2 at Touhy Park (Clark Street, ½ block south of Jarvis; 7200 North/1750 West) to protest police brutality and racism. The Chicago Anti-Bashing Network -- CABN -- is proud to be among the initiating organizations of this action.

At 11 a.m. this Thursday, May 31st in the lobby of the Federal Courthouse, 219 W. Dearborn, we will be hosting a press conference announcing the filing of the suit by yet another Chicago Gay man who was attacked by police. We need your help with this event. If you are able to attend this press conference in solidarity, please call Bob at 773.878.3697 to get more details.

A particular focus of the June 2 march will be the failure of Cook County States Attorney Dick Devine to prosecute police who violently attack civilians. At CABN, we currently are working on a number of cases of people who face this problem:

* Terry Phalen, gay-bashed by Cook County jail guards. An internal Sheriff's Department investigation found three sheriff's deputies guilty of beating up Phalen and lying about it to investigators, but no criminal charges against the police were ever filed by Devine's office.

* Jeffrey Lyons, the son of Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty, was brutally attacked by several off-duty officers outside of a West Side "cop" bar. Even though Lyons is not gay, he was perceived to be such when he embraced a friend outside the bar. Officers fleeing the scene attempted to run down Lyons's friend with their vehicles. Again, no criminal charges were filed by Devine's office.

* Frederick Mason, Jr., an African American Gay man attacked by police who jammed a billie club up his rectum in the interrogation room of a West Side police station. In February of this year, Mason's and Lyons's cases were the subject of the first-ever Amnesty International report on police brutality against Gay people in the United States. Yet again, no actions have been taken by Devine's office against these police.

For more information or to obtain leaflets and posters for the June 2 march, please call CABN at 773.878.3697 or 773.878.4781.
 
 

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