What’s Next? Activists Lay Out Vision for Steps Forward After Van Dyke Verdict
At St. Sabina Church, a cross was displayed with 16 bullet holes as Father Michael Pfleger addressed his congregation.
“Yesterday we took a moment to breathe and celebrate,” he said. “Today, we get up and we fight, and we’ll continue to fight because that was just a battle, but the war is still going on.”
Pfleger said that the verdict was a watershed moment for the city, but that it’s time for residents to seize the opportunity for change by going to the polls and voting, both in November’s statewide election and in the February mayoral election.
“We’ve got to decide if we really want systemic change,” he said. “We can’t just keep voting the same people in.”
Activists also gathered at Rainbow PUSH headquarters, where Reverend Jesse Jackson made a call for more accountability by public servants.
The document, known as a proffer, alleges the officers created false or misleading police reports in the days and weeks after the killing in an effort to skew the official narrative in Van Dyke’s favor.
“We need criminal prosecution here,” he said. “We’re investigating everybody else but the people who were in control at the time.”