Chance The Rapper Speaks Out Against a $95 Million Police Academy Coming to Chicago
If Chance the Rapper had his way, there wouldn't be a $95 million police academy going up in the Garfield Park section of Chicago. The Coloring Book creator protested the planned facility at a city hall meeting with other groups like Assata's Daughter's, For the People and the VOYCE Project.
At one point, Chano spoke at the gathering, but Chicago's mayor Rahm Emanuel left the room just before.
"I guess the mayor had to step out when I walked in," said Chance. "There's a lot of ways to transform the city without policing."
Undoubtedly, Chance was talking about using proper schooling and education to better his city, since this year alone he's raised $2.2 million dollars for Chicago Public Schools, cut a separate $1 million check on top of that and gave away 30,000 backpacks to local students.
He's also been critical of the police in the past and recently filmed himself on Instagram Live when he and his child's mother was pulled over by an officer in Chicago.
In addition, the Chicago Police Department has been accused of committing all kinds of human rights violations, like using excessive force — as well as deadly force on some occasions — making racially motivated arrests and lacking the proper training. All of these reasons and more is why the mayor said the police academy needs to be built.
You can see a few of the photos from the recent city hall meeting below.