Once again the Kelly Truth Squad is at the center of controversy. Yesterday…before Right Nation 2010 took place at the Sears Center with Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart, you may have heard that I challenged Louis Farrakhan to a debate at the Kingdom Authorities International Church where he was speaking about peace, justice, and violence.
I wanted to challenge Mr. Farrakhan on his hypocrisy. Three police officers were killed in Chicago this summer and never – not once – has Louis Farrakhan spoken out about the violence. Not once has he chided Chicago’s gang bangers to stop the bloodshed. But when two police officers in Rockford are forced to gun down a suspect wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. A suspect who had been sought for questioning in a violent assault with a woman at knifepoint. A suspect, Mark Anthony Barmore, who, according to the evidence cited by the Grand Jury, struggled with the officers over a weapon – then Mr. Farrakhan makes himself available to speak about justice and violence.
After I issued my media alert yesterday, my law enforcement contacts in Rockford asked me to change my plans. They said confronting and debating Farrakhan could make this tense situation worse and bring it to a boiling point, putting even more officers at risk. I would never want to put police officers at even more risk than they already are – so I finally acquiesed for that reason.
Earlier this week, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police marched on their own headquarters to protest to low levels of police manpower that has put officers in danger. Me and others – including John Garrido, a police officer of more than 19 years, came out to support their cause. Three officers killed in two months alone – that can’t just be something that people forget so easily or dismiss so easily as Mr. Farrakhan has.
The Kelly Truth Squad will not air tonight – we hope that it will return on AM 560 WIND next Sunday.
I have already announced the formation of an exploratory committee for Alderman of the 42nd ward. In light of the unprecedented opportunity to finally elect a conservative Mayor of Chicago, I am actively trying to recruit such a candidate and, should all else fail, I am open to the possibility of running myself.
William J. Kelly