Chicago lawmaker says police murdering children, won't apologize

Rep. Monique Davis says that police may be murdering black kids in Chicago. And she's not apologizing. Photo: AP

CHICAGO, July 22, 2013 - Despite the public outcry, Illinois State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) isn’t apologizing for racially-charged statements she made on a Michigan radio station last week suggesting that police may be responsible for some of the unsolved murders of black teens in Chicago.

The longtime Chicago lawmaker was on Detroit’s WCHB-AM to discuss crime in Chicago when she said:

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“I’m going to tell you what some suspicions have been, and people have whispered to me: they’re not sure that black people are shooting all of these children,” Davis said on the Detroit station. “There’s some suspicion - and I don’t want to spread this, but I’m just going to tell you what I’ve been hearing - they suspect maybe the police are killing some of these kids.”

It is disingenuous for Davis to say she wasn’t interested in “spreading” the reckless theory given the station’s predominantly African American listenership.

Her inference could also not have been more clear: blame white police officers.

In reaction to the controversy, Davis held a press conference Friday to attempt to explain her comments, offering no apology. She was asked if she really believed the police were murdering black children.

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“I don’t know. I don’t know that they are, and I don’t know that they aren’t, since no one’s been arrested. We don’t know who’s doing it,” Davis said. “I was repeating what has been said to me many times by the people of the community that I represent.”

Yet Davis is well-aware of the facts on Chicago violence.

Chicago has made national headlines with its epidemic of violence.

In 2012, the city recorded a record 532 homicides. According to the Chicago Tribune, at this time last year, 201 of the 259 homicide victims were African-American and 143 of the victims were affiliated with a street gang. Annual police statistics also show that the majority of offenders are young black men with criminal records. Police data indicates that133 of those 143 victims had arrest histories.

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To date, more than 200 murders have been committed in 2013, the majority of them in the gang-plagued neighborhoods of Auburn Gresham, North Lawndale, Washington Park, and Englewood.

None of these facts are at issue.

So why would Davis attempt to mislead the public?

Sadly, it is en vogue for black political leaders shift the blame on issues of crime and violence in their communities. For instance, it is much easier to blame the underlying causes of black-on-black crime on inanimate objects; the usual suspects are bad schools and insufficient government spending.

That way politicians don’t risk fall-out for telling their constituents that the disintegration of the black family unit is to blame. Or that black kids need their fathers. Or that the black community, instead of playing the victim game, needs to accept and aggressively advocate personal responsibility.

Davis has taken blame-shifting to a new and repugnant level further by suggesting Chicago police may actually be murdering black kids. The Illinois lawmaker should be censured for her race-baiting statements.

Ironically, Davis also says the police need to work harder on rebuilding their image in the African-American community. But if she is so concerned about the police’s image, it may behoove her to stop saying the police “may” be murdering children on the radio. 

Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden responded to Davis‘ statements. “The rank and file are livid that an elected representative would make such a comment. It completely destroys the relationship that the police department is trying to build with the community,” he said.

The Chicago lawmaker has been rebuked for her racially inflammatory remarks before. 

But Davis says she has a right to repeat what her constituents tell her.

“As a state representative, I have every right to say what my community thinks,” Davis said. “I think it’s so important we resolve the issue. Officer Friendly should be back on the block. Officer Friendly should be in the schools. They should not see the police as their enemy. They should see the police as their friend.”

The culture of victimization runs deep in the African American community and it is wrongly used and abused by politicians like Davis to stoke black resentment.

Black leaders are also stoking this kind of resentment in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case. There is strong physical evidence that Martin was the aggressor in the attack and that his own violent acts may have contributed to his death.

Unfortunately, the facts are not an obstacle for black political leaders, who continued to fan the flames of racial division with angry nationwide protests of the Zimmerman verdict this weekend, shouting “no justice, no peace.”

In her inflammatory statements about Chicago police officers, the facts are also not an obstacle for Rep. Monique Davis.

Shame on political leaders like Davis. 

Short of the facts, there will be neither justice, nor peace for anyone.   

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William J. Kelly is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and conservative columnist. He is also a contributor to the American Spectator and He is a native from Chicago’s Southside.

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Conservative commentator, satirist, and radio talk show host William J. Kelly pens the “Kelly Truth Squad” and “The Tea Party Report” for the Washington Times Communities and is a contributor to the American Spectator and Kelly is also a producer of Emmy award-winning TV and received an Emmy nomination himself for outstanding achievement on-camera. He was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, a taxpayer watchdog group. He is a native of Chicago’s South side. For more information, visit

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