Illinois State Representative Monique Davis from the South Side of Chicago is blaming the Chicago cops for the high number of killings there. Davis wonders, maybe it’s the cops doing the killing?
Davis, a House member from the 27th District on Chicago’s South Side, uttered the accusation in a “some say so” manner on Detroit’s WCHB-AM radio on July 16.
“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 told the Detroit radio audience.
She continued saying, “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.”
One reason “there’s some suspicion”, Davis said, is because there have been few arrests for the dozens of murders that have been perpetrated on the streets of the city. This lack of arrests leads Davis to imagine that maybe police are the actual killers because there are no perpetrators being fingered.
Once word got back to Chicago that Davis was throwing around such wild, unsubstantiated accusations, Chicago’s WBBM-AM radio asked Davis if she stood by her claims.
“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 told the Chicago radio station.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was incensed by Davis’ comments.
“I think it’s absurd, I think it’s inflammatory. I think it’s also insulting,” McCarthy said.
In a Friday press release, Davis attempted to smooth over hard feelings by praising the Chicago police for their efforts, but stood by her statements on the Detroit radio program.
“I’m not a detective, I’m not an investigator,” Davis said. “I said my community, many people in my community, based upon their experiences and their knowledge, believe it is possible that some of these murders are committed by our finest. Now, we can’t say that doesn’t happen.”
This is a startling accusation, of course, but it isn’t likely she’ll be held accountable for her outrageous comments.