Washington, D.C. (May 28, 2014) — The Organization of Chinese Americans – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) and OCA-Greater Chicago, a chapter of OCA, are dismayed by the actions of Chicago police officers in the case of Jinqing Klyzek.
“We hope that Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy will conduct a thorough investigation on this incident and hold the officers responsible for Ms. Klyzek’s mistreatment accountable for their actions,” said OCA Chicago President, Janny Leung.
In July of 2013, officers verbally harassed and physically abused Jinqing Klyzek, a Chinese American spa manager, during a raid on a Chicago spa. Security footage of the raid shows an officer physically subduing and then striking Ms. Klyzek while she was kneeling.
The footage further shows another officer telling Ms. Klyzek that she is “not f—ing American,” and threatening to “put [her] in a UPS box and send [her] back to wherever the f— [she] came from.” Ms. Jinqing Klyzek recently brought a federal civil rights lawsuit against those officers and the Chicago police department.
“As a national civil rights organization, we are concerned that this incident is neither incidental nor isolated. Mayor Emanuel must ensure that our law enforcement officers behave in a manner that promotes trust and cooperation rather than fear and retaliation,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA President. “The city of Chicago must safeguard the civil liberties and dignity of all Chicago residents, regardless of their national origin or language proficiency, and ensure that they are not harassed or mistreated by local law enforcement officials.”