To: Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council

Remove Immigrant Father from Gang Database, Review its Content

Remove Immigrant Father from Gang Database, Review its Content

Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council to remove Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez from the Chicago Gang Database. Wilmer is an immigrant father of three children from the Back of the Yards neighborhood who was taken into immigration custody after he was erroneously listed as a gang member by the Chicago Police Department.

Why is this important?

On May 1st, 2017 Wilmer Catalan Ramirez filed a lawsuit for the excessive use of force that ICE used when they raided his home, and the Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago for wrongfully putting him in the gang database.

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.

Wilmer's detention was part of a national immigration raid targeting suspected gang members. It is clear that ICE wouldn’t have targeted Wilmer if it wasn’t for the Chicago police department.

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. He never had a chance to look at the evidence and defend himself.

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, and start to review the procedures and content of the Chicago gang database.

Chicago, IL, United States

Reasons for signing

  • It is of the utmost important that Chicago's residents have due process when subject to law enforcement and the legal system. This begins by increasing the amount of transparency surrounding CPD's so-called "gang databases" which , by and large, criminalize people based on their associations and affiliations with individuals. This is neither reasonable nor just.
  • The gang database is more fallible than reliable; names get on there for no just causes without the persons even knowing they're on the list; and thus they can't defend themselves as wrongfully placed there. Because of this broken method of identifying gang members many, many have been wrongfully deported.
  • This is not justice. This is not the America we want.

Updates

2017-07-27 17:37:35 -0400

100 signatures reached

2017-07-19 13:41:18 -0400

50 signatures reached

2017-07-18 19:27:14 -0400

25 signatures reached

2017-07-18 17:17:32 -0400

10 signatures reached