Chance the Rapper Wants #NoCopAcademy in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to build a new cop training academy with a price tag of $95 million. Chano doesn't think so.

Chance the Rapper
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Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper joined activists in opposition to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday. Emanuel plans to throw down $95 million on a new cop training academy in West Garfield Park, a move many citizens believe is a misguided use of funds. According to the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel left city council quarters prior to Chance's address.


— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 8, 2017

"We don't have $95 million," Chance told the council. "They are just asking you for $10 million today to purchase the land, but we don't have the rest of the money to do it, so why let them go ahead with this right now?" As has been widely reported, exactly how Chicago expects to fully fund Emanuel's project is unknown. Even when accounting for Emanuel's planned sales of a city truck yard and police training buildings, the city is still an estimated $37 million short.

.@chancetherapper says Chicago should be spending millions on underfunded schools, not on a new $95M police academy that he says the city can’t afford. Mayor Rahm Emanuel left the chamber before his remarks.

— Bill Ruthhart (@BillRuthhart) November 8, 2017

Chance's comments came in support of the No Cop Academy campaign, whose participants have used the #NoCopAcademy hashtag on social media to draw attention to Emanuel's problematic plans:

We're already in line to get into the City Council meeting. Press conference starts at 9:15. #NoCopAcademy

— Monica Trinidad (@monicatea2) November 8, 2017

Antonio with VOYCE on fire rn🔥🔥🔥: "You are just funding the criminalization of young Black people. You don't know how these folks live. You're not here with us." #nocopacademy

— For the People Artists Collective (@ForThePeopleChi) November 8, 2017

Why are people protesting the $95 mil cop academy plan in Garfield Park? See graphics. #NoCopAcademy

— Lynda Lopez (@Lyndab08) November 8, 2017

Over 40 community groups are at City Hall to make sure alderman know that the people of Chicago say #NoCopAcademy. We want to fund communities, not police.

— agitator in chief (@soit_goes) November 8, 2017

FTP reppin' for #NoCopAcademy turn up/out today at City Hall to demand $95 million for community, not cops! Final vote happens this today.

— For the People Artists Collective (@ForThePeopleChi) November 8, 2017

Cops don't keep communities safe. We asked for employment, mental health, education. #NoCopAcademy

— frank bergh (@frankbergh) November 8, 2017

If you believe $95M should go to West Side schools, programs for youth, jobs, health, and NOT a new swimming pool for cops, now is the time to call/email your Aldermen. We will likely vote in an hour or so. #NoCopAcademy

— Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (@CDRosa) November 8, 2017

Rahm conducted the largest public school closing in US history - to save money - yet wants to build $95 mill cop academy? The people say a resounding hell no. #NoCopAcademy

— BLMChicago (@BLMChi) November 8, 2017

Last month, Chance—who's raised millions for Chicago Public Schools—documented a traffic stop in Chicago on Instagram Live. "Once again, lot of faith in the men and women…big faith in the men and women that put on the uniform, but policing as a system is disproportionately racist and oppressive, so, you know," Chance said during the livestream. "I'm with my baby, I got no burner in the car, no drugs in the car, nothing going on. Just came back from church." Kirsten Corley, who was driving at the time of the stop, was ultimately given a warning by an Illinois State Police officer for a moving violation.

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