A home care worker and a member of SEIU, United Working Families, and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), Plummer has done community work in Washington Park since 2016.  “I want every neighborhood to have the policing it deserves,” he says, “and I want to be the vessel to my community that helps make that happen.”

In 1991, Plummer’s 15-year-old brother, was beaten over a period of 39 hours by Chicago police working for the notorious CPD Commander Jon Burge. Johnny Plummer was sentenced to life in prison for murder as a result of the confession, and like many of Burge’s victims, remains incarcerated.

Alderperson Jeanette Taylor (20th ward) and SEIU have endorsed.

Political endorsement Credit: Amber Huff
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Activist or organizer Credit: Amber Huff
Image of dove, indicating candidate supports more police accountability
Supports more police accountability Credit: Amber Huff

Candidate questionnaire responses

  • Do you have experience as an activist or community organizer? Yes
  • Do you have experience interacting with CPD? No
  • Do you have experience working or interacting with government? No
  • Should the city hire more police officers? Yes
  • Is CPD adequately funded? Yes: funding should be reduced
  • CPD reform: The police need training and some reform.
  • Mental health crises: Police should accompany healthcare workers to mental health crises.

What do you consider the primary role of a police district councilor to be?

  • Establishing civilian control of the police department
  • Communicating with the department on behalf of the community

Why are you running for Police District Council?

I’m running for District Council because I want to hold the police accountable for their actions in the 2nd Police District. But I also want to be a vessel for the 2nd Police District. Whatever the 2nd Police District community wants me to fight for is what I will be fighting for.