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Black LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Group Says Deadly Hit-and-Run Outside The Jeffery Pub, One of Chicago’s Oldest LGBTQ+ Bars Should Be Investigated as Hate Crime

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National Black Justice Coalition Says Chicago Police Must Treat Apparent Targeted Violence Against Black LGBTQ+/SGL People Seriously

Statement from Dr. David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s leading Black LGBTQ+ and same-gender loving civil rights organization, on the need for Chicago police to investigate the deadly hit-and-run outside The Jeffery Pub, one of Chicago’s longest-running LGBTQ+ bars, as a hate crime: 

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic, apparent act of targeted violence that resulted in the deaths of three people – Devonta K. Vivetter, 27 years old,  Donald Huey, 25 years old, and Jaylen Ausley, 23 years old – and hospitalized a fourth person, outside The Jeffery Pub last night.

“It is incumbent upon the Chicago Police Department to investigate this attack as more than just a triple homicide and attempted murder, but also as a potential hate crime. Chicago is experiencing a wave of violence against LGBTQ+ people, specifically Black LGBTQ+/SGL people – that the police are simply not taking seriously. 

“There have been more than seven Black trans women murdered in the last two years – and their cases remain unsolved and largely ignored. 

“We are owed equal protection under the law – and we demand that the law enforcement community treat attacks against us with the urgency and seriousness we deserve.”

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.