STATEMENT: Treasurer Summers’ Statement on Death of Laquan McDonald and Release of Video

My prayers are with the family and loved ones of Laquan McDonald. His shameful death is one of the many reasons our community often questions our faith and comfort in the system whose mission is to serve and protect. This loss of life is an outrage, and justice for this young Chicago man has taken far too long to surface. The release of the video is the right thing to do, it is the transparency our citizens deserve. Upon its viewing, I urge us all to respond in peace and unity while searching together for solutions to change what is broken.

We can no longer tolerate the narrative of a justice system with blurred equity. As elected officials, it is our responsibility to give a voice to the voiceless and provide opportunity where none has existed. There are no other options for us but to come together and invest in our people, our neighborhoods and the future of Our Chicago.