DAILYKENN.com --Officer John P. Rivera is dead. Reports say he was killed because he was Hispanic.
Arrested for the crime is Menelik Jackson, 24, who once attempted to become a police officer but was arrested at the police academy for home invasion, reports say.
Jovan Battle, 32, was also arrested.
Rivera was off duty at the time of his murder.
The crime occurred in Chicago and was reported March 25, 2019.
From chicago.suntimes.com ▼
Johnson said Jackson got into a confrontation with a group of Hispanic men at the McDonald’s restaurant at 600 N. Clark St. The men were on a party bus; Rivera was not. After the bus left, Jackson began searching for it, then came upon Rivera — an hour later.
“I guess he settled for the first Hispanic he saw,” Johnson said. Because of that, Johnson said, hate crime charges are a “very real possibility.”
Jackson previously had tried to become a Chicago cop.
“This guy actually had the nerve to think that he could become a Chicago police officer,” Johnson said. “It’s disgusting.”
Jackson had been sentenced to 30 months’ probation after pleading guilty to attempted residential burglary in a 2017 case, during which he entered the home of an Ashley Loving on July 3, 2017 and threatened her with a gun — also violating a May 2017 protective order apparently taken out by Loving.
When she sought the protective order in August 2015, Loving wrote that “Menelik has punched me and threatened to kill me. … He also choked me and threatened to kill my parents in their home.”
Jackson was on GPS monitoring at the time Rivera was shot, and was in court earlier in March for violating that monitoring agreement by letting the GPS battery run down.
Jackson and Battle were arrested about 3:25 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of North Clark Street, police said.
They are scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.
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