Press Releases

December 18, 2012

PRAYER FOR AND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF PHILLIP COLEMAN, AND CALL FOR SPECIAL INVESTIGATION

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael L. Peery
Phone: 312-217-2260
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Media Alert: Press conference 12-18-12
REVEREND JESSE L. JACKSON, SR. AND RAINBOW PUSH COALITION
OFFER PRAYER FOR AND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF PHILLIP
COLEMAN, AND CALL FOR SPECIAL INVESTIGATION AS THEY STAND
IN SOLIDARITY WITH EFFORTS TO SEEK ANSWERS AND JUSTICE
FOR FAMILY IN WRONGFUL DEATH
Chicago, IL (Tuesday, December 18, 2012) — Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
and Rainbow PUSH Coalition offer prayer and condolences to the family of an executive
on loan who helped with hospice care at Rainbow PUSH coalition, a businessman and
a University of Chicago graduate. Phillip Coleman died tragically after being tasered
and allegedly beaten while in police custody following an arrest for allegedly beating his
mother.
It has been noted that minutes after police arrested Mr. Coleman, as police were
moving him from the Calumet District police station to court, he became combative,
and police used a Taser on him. Later, he was taken to Roseland Community Hospital,
where police said he again became aggressive toward officers and hospital staff, and
police used a Taser on him a second time. Police said Coleman was given a sedative,
but by 5:47 p.m. he was pronounced dead. An autopsy proved inconclusive.
Philip Coleman had a “breakdown” that caused him to act erratically and prompted his
arrest but he “didn’t deserve to die,” his older sister, Jacqueline Coleman, said.
Coleman’s father, Percy Coleman, current Chicago Co-Chairman of the G.O.P. and
former Police Chief of Ford Heights, is also looking for answers. The police "aren't going
to get away with it," he said. "My son … has never been in trouble. He's a grad of the
University of Chicago. They won't be able to run him out like he's a drug dealer, “There
needs to be action taken towards every Chicago Police Officer that is working in a
district that has “abuse and misuse” of their badge as well as gun and ethics constantly
being over looked by their code”. No son should be sentenced to death due to having
psychological issues and allegedly spitting on a police officer.
Phillip Coleman also earned his graduate degree in Public Health from UIC a year ago.
It appeared that there is justifiable cause to suspect a wrongful death as Mr. Coleman
may have suffered a fatal beating after allegedly spitting blood on an officer. Rev. Jesse
L. Jackson, Sr. and Rainbow Push Coalition stand in solidarity with the family of Phillip
Coleman and call for an independent investigation to determine that no corruption or
foul play was involved in this tragic death.
Join Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition as they stand
with Phillip Coleman’s family, friends and supporters for a press conference Today,
Tuesday December 18, 2012 at 10:30 at Pastor Jolinda Wade’s Church-New
Creation Binding and Losing Ministries, Int’l
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What: Press Conference
Who: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr, Rainbow PUSH Coalition Staff,
When: Today, Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Where: Pastor Jolinda Wade’s Church -New Creation Binding
and Losing Ministries International
12900 South Hasted Street
Chicago Il, 60628
Time: 10:30
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Rainbow PUSH Coalition–Keeping Hope Alive
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The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending
and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The
organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information
about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit http://www.rainbowpush.org or call (773)
373-3366.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michael L. Peery

Phone: 312-217-2260

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

Media Alert: Press conference 12-18-12

 

REVEREND JESSE L. JACKSON, SR. AND RAINBOW PUSH COALITION

OFFER PRAYER FOR AND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF PHILLIP

COLEMAN, AND CALL FOR SPECIAL INVESTIGATION AS THEY STAND

IN SOLIDARITY WITH EFFORTS TO SEEK ANSWERS AND JUSTICE

FOR FAMILY IN WRONGFUL DEATH

 

Chicago, IL (Tuesday, December 18, 2012) — Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

and Rainbow PUSH Coalition offer prayer and condolences to the family of an executive

on loan who helped with hospice care at Rainbow PUSH coalition, a businessman and

a University of Chicago graduate. Phillip Coleman died tragically after being tasered

and allegedly beaten while in police custody following an arrest for allegedly beating his

mother.

 

It has been noted that minutes after police arrested Mr. Coleman, as police were

moving him from the Calumet District police station to court, he became combative,

and police used a Taser on him. Later, he was taken to Roseland Community Hospital,

where police said he again became aggressive toward officers and hospital staff, and

police used a Taser on him a second time. Police said Coleman was given a sedative,

but by 5:47 p.m. he was pronounced dead. An autopsy proved inconclusive.

 

Philip Coleman had a “breakdown” that caused him to act erratically and prompted his

arrest but he “didn’t deserve to die,” his older sister, Jacqueline Coleman, said.

 

Coleman’s father, Percy Coleman, current Chicago Co-Chairman of the G.O.P. and

former Police Chief of Ford Heights, is also looking for answers. The police "aren't going

to get away with it," he said. "My son … has never been in trouble. He's a grad of the

University of Chicago. They won't be able to run him out like he's a drug dealer, “There

needs to be action taken towards every Chicago Police Officer that is working in a

district that has “abuse and misuse” of their badge as well as gun and ethics constantly

being over looked by their code”. No son should be sentenced to death due to having

psychological issues and allegedly spitting on a police officer.

 

Phillip Coleman also earned his graduate degree in Public Health from UIC a year ago.

 

It appeared that there is justifiable cause to suspect a wrongful death as Mr. Coleman

may have suffered a fatal beating after allegedly spitting blood on an officer. Rev. Jesse

L. Jackson, Sr. and Rainbow Push Coalition stand in solidarity with the family of Phillip

Coleman and call for an independent investigation to determine that no corruption or

foul play was involved in this tragic death.

 

Join Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition as they stand

with Phillip Coleman’s family, friends and supporters for a press conference Today,

Tuesday December 18, 2012 at 10:30 at Pastor Jolinda Wade’s Church-New

Creation Binding and Losing Ministries, Int’l

 

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What: Press Conference

Who: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr, Rainbow PUSH Coalition Staff,

When: Today, Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Where: Pastor Jolinda Wade’s Church -New Creation Binding

and Losing Ministries International

 

12900 South Hasted Street

Chicago Il, 60628

Time: 10:30

 

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Rainbow PUSH Coalition–Keeping Hope Alive

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The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending

and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The

organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information

about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit http://www.rainbowpush.org or call (773)

373-3366.