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15-year-old Martell Williams said police in Waukegan, Illinois, arrested him at school and coerced him into a false confession for attempted murder. He also said a cop offered him McDonald's in exchange for his confession.

A video taken from a classroom inside Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois, that was released by authorities on Friday shows a Black school employee grabbing and throwing a non-Black student to the ground. The school employee was immediately arrested.

In July 2020, Sgt. Javier Esqueda of the Joliet Police Department reportedly shared with the media exposing how police officers treated Eric Lurry, a Black man who died in police custody. Now, he's facing charges and has been ousted by the Joliet Police Officer’s Association.

He wanted to see the FBI approach the Day case with the same attention and effort as the case of Gabby Petito. According to Rush, the attention and effort in the Petito case were appropriate, but other missing people deserve the same measures.

The LaSalle County Coroner's Office has officially declared that 25-year-old Illinois State University college student Jelani Day died as a result of drowning in the Illinois River where his remains were found on September 4.

Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and the Nu Epsilon chapter at Alabama A&M University, an HBCU where Jelani Day attended, launched a petition to demand the FBI investigate the Black man's suspicious death in Illinois.

Jelani Day's family suspects "foul play" and has ordered a third autopsy amid reports that the missing grad student's body was found missing vital organs along with his jaw "sawed out."

After Jelani Day’s body had been identified, his mother, Carmen Bolden Day, was not immediately allowed to view the body, which she discovered was missing virtually all its organs after a second autopsy was performed at the family’s request.

Jelani Day, a graduate student from Illinois who went missing nearly a month ago, was found dead earlier this month before being positively identified on Thursday. The lack of media attention to his disappearance stood in contrast to cause célèbre Gabby Petito.

Pointing out the disparity in coverage and treatment, also known as missing white woman syndrome, a term coined by journalism legend Gwen Ifil, doesn't mean that victims like Gabby Petito should not receive attention. But other people also deserve the same diligence.