Monique Davis now says she does not believe the rumors after telling a Detroit radio station early last week, “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.”
The comment by Davis, an Illinois State Rep., raised the possibility that Chicago police officers might be the ones responsible for the unsolved murders of black youths in Chicago.
The lawmaker tried to clarify her initial comments by telling reporters on Friday that “I said to her some people in my community believe police may be involved in some of these murders. That may perhaps be the reason they’re not solved. Since then some of you have called and asked if I believe that. No I do not. I believe that the police work very hard to support our community.”
After her remarks on Tuesday, Davis was asked by a Chicago radio station if she really thought it was possible that police are killing children, Davis responded: “I don’t know. I don’t know that they are, and I don’t know that they aren’t, since no one is being arrested, we don’t know who’s doing it.”
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the allegations “absurd.”
“I think it’s inflammatory and also insulting to the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, who are putting their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe,” McCarthy said.
Mike Shields, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, was also bothered by Davis’ comments.
“I think it’s outrageous,” Shields stated. “Produce the people that have actually said this, show us who has actually told you that in our community because anybody that says that Chicago police officers are out there killing babies is insane.”