On Wednesday, February 8th, an Amtrak police officer shot Chad Robertson, a 25-year old Black man, outside Union Station in Chicago’s South Loop. Yesterday morning, Chad passed away from the wounds inflicted by police.
The shooting left a bullet lodged in Chad’s spine, causing paralysis. His family traveled from Minnesota to be by his side as doctors at Stroger Hospital tried to save his life.
Chad Robertson was a father of two and worked construction in Minneapolis, MN. Chad was passing through Chicago on his way home from a funeral in Memphis when Amtrak police shot him in the back, autopsy reports confirmed. He was unarmed. The Amtrak officer who shot Chad has not been named.
In 2017, Illinois law enforcement have killed nine people and wounded two. Five of the killings by police officers occurred in the city of Chicago. Most recently, Michelle Robey was killed by Chicago Police on Friday night.
We are less than two months into 2017, and Police in Chicago have already killed nearly half the number of people as they did in all of 2016.
We demand justice for Chad Robertson!
We stand with Chad’s family and encourage you to support them in this difficult time. Please donate to and share their support fund, managed by Black Lives Matter Chicago: paypal.me/BLMChi.
Black Lives Matter Chicago
People's Response Team
Artwork by Silvia Ines Gonzalez.