After spending 94 days camped out on the rooftop of a vacant motel that stood in the shadow of the New Beginnings Church to raise $15 million for a new community center and after spending hours more living in a tent on the vacant lot once the motel was demolished to raise funds for Project HOOD needed to fund the center, Rev. Corey Brooks is now in a battle with the Third District Police Commander and several of his men who allegedly cursed out Brooks for asking them why were they ticketing his members whose cars were in the church parking lot.
Pastor Kenyatta Smith, president of the Clergy for Community Change, is asking religious leaders “to come together. This not just a Corey Brooks issue. It is a preacher’s issue because it could have happened to any one of us or our parishioners. We have to come together to make sure this incident never happens again. It’s not about denominations; rather it is about coming together with one voice. Now is the time.”
Outraged over the abuse of Pastor Brooks, Pastor Smith said he is holding a meeting on Monday, January 20, 2014. Stay tune for the time and place.
Rev. Kenyatta Smith, president of Clergy for Cummunity Change, Friday called on religious leaders of all faiths to unite and fight for the dignity and respect of Pastor Corey Brooks, who heads the New Beginnings Church, who was allegedly cursed out by the Third District Police Commander and several of his men, manhandled and thrown out of the police station when he questioned why were they ticketing his members who were parked in the church's parking lot.
On February 24, 2012, this writer interviewed Pastor Corey Brooks who had spent 94-days atop the old vacant motel that sat across from his church at 66th and King Drove. (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)
The old sign Pastor Brooks put on the old hotel once a haven for prostitutes and drug dealers. (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)
After spending 94-days atop the old motel, Pastor Brooks came down and answered questions field by a horde of reporters. (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)
Pastor Corey Brooks, who is standing by his church having won the battle to demolish the drug and prostitute infested motel across the street, is now in a battle with Chicago police who allegedly cursed him out, ruffed him up and physically kicked him out of the Third District police station. (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)