FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 6, 2019
REV. JACKSON AND THE MOTHER OF BERNARD KERSH HEADED FOR 26TH AND CALIFORNIA TO BOND HIM OUT OF JAIL TONIGHT
Chicago, IL: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will join Mrs. Keisha Johnson in getting her son, Bernard Kersh, out of Cook County Jail tonight, Friday, December 6, 2019.
The Illinois Department of Corrections has withdrew its hold on Kersh’s parole allowing him to make bail and be released.
Kersh, 29, was arrested on Thanksgiving Day at 79th and Cottage Grove for allegedly drinking. Kersh is accused of licking the face of a police officer then spitting in his face. The officer body slammed and arrested him prompting calls of outrage by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. who said it was “unnecessary force that could have cracked his skull.”
Rev. Jackson is posting his $5,000 bond tonight. He is on his way now and should be at 26th and California, Post 5 entrance, to post the bond.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.