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To: Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council
Chicago’s Gang Database Leaves Back of the Yards Father Fighting For His Life In Detention
Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council to add their voices to demand the release of Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez from the McHenry Detention Center.
Why is this important?
In a recent call to his partner, Wilmer expressed fear for his life inside the detention center. On May 1st, he filed a lawsuit for the excessive use of force that ICE used when they raided his home, breaking his arm and throwing him - already in a state of paralysis - to the ground. Since then, the McHenry County Detention Center has refused him medical care and denied any accommodations for his physical impairments.
Chicago’s mayor and city council should be advocates for every city resident who falls victim to Trump’s deportation force, but especially for those whose physical well-being is in danger and those who the city has had a specific role in leading to his wrongful detention.
The ICE agents wouldn’t have targeted Wilmer if it wasn’t for the Chicago police department mistreating an incident where Wilmer was the victim of a drive-by shooting in his neighborhood.
As he healed in a hospital bed, Chicago police entered his name into a gang database as a suspected member.
The police created the gang database at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s request in 2012 as part of his efforts to be ‘tough on crime.’ But since then, it has proven to be like other lists of names compiled by police in other parts of the country: arbitrary, discriminatory, and with dire consequences for those whose names get entered.
Wilmer didn’t find out he was on the list until ICE agents cited it as the reason they broke down his door.
Join us in asking Mayor Emanuel and the city council for the least they could do to correct this error and advocate for Wilmer’s release.