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Raphael Valderrama, a prostitute, performed sex acts on the 11-acre Disney Magnet School Campus, immediately outside the school’s windows and in full view of students, for over 9 months, while the 23rd Police District refused to act. To protect students, teachers were forced to hold coats and blankets to cover windows as children passed through the school’s glass-walled halls. Despite pleas from CAP’s Beat Facilitator, School Council Representatives, the school principle, and Buena Park Neighbors, the police refused to act. In community meetings, Alderwoman, Helen Shiller, demanded that the police respect transsexuals and sex industry workers rights and leave him alone. School representatives maintained that Valderrama’s behavior suggested that he was a threat to children and installed electric door locks and a “front-only” entrance policy at the school.
As anticipated, Mr.Valderrama found a child to assault. The child was a stepbrother, from his estranged mother’s recent marriage. Mr.Valderrama visited his mother and asked that he be allowed to take his new step brother for the day to get to know him. Mr. Valderrama took his step-brother to his 4035 N. Sheridan home, a building known to house prostitution. At that location he sodomized, mutilated and murdered the child; wrapped the body in black garbage sacks; and tossed it down an air shaft.
Over seventy persons appeared at the next CAPS meeting demanding accountability. Clarence Woods, a Department of Human Relations mediator chosen by the Alderman, formed a CAPS committee by public election. The Open Meetings Act was violated when the elected community representatives were forcibly ejected from the first committee meeting by Police Commander De Lopez and 4 officers. Community members were told to leave the premises because they were being replaced by other residents who lived closer to the crime scene. Ejected community member, Pam Merema, recognized the replacements as members of Alderman Shiller’s staff.
CAPS beat facilitators, Pam Merema and Katherine Nathan, filed complaints with the CAPS program alleging the Community had been eliminated from Community Policing. Ted O’Keefe, Chicago’s CAPS project manager, directed 23rd District Commander De Lopez to apologize to Ms. Merema and Ms. Nathan. The committee meetings were never re-instituted and police accountability ever occurred.