To: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago City Council

Eliminate the Chicago Gang Database

Eliminate the Chicago Gang Database

Eliminate the use of the gang database, which is used to profile and criminalize communities of color, by removing gang affiliation tags in all databases. Stop adding names to the gang database immediately, as well as the sharing of information with other law-enforcement agencies, while these policies and procedures are reviewed.
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Debe eliminarse el uso de la base de datos de pandillas, la cual es usada para discriminar y criminalizar a comunidades de color, por medio de quitar todas las etiquetas de afiliación a pandillas de todas las bases de datos existentes. No se deben agregar más nombres a la base de datos de pandillas de aquí en adelante, también como debe de dares por terminado el intercambio de información con otras agencias policiacas, mientras estas pólizas y procedimientos se evalúan.

Why is this important?

In building a gang database, the government is collecting extensive information on thousands of individuals without any underlying criminal predicate. Gang membership itself is not illegal and thus does not qualify as an underlying criminal predicate, nor does it justify maintenance of intelligence information. It is the database itself that identifies an individual as a criminal.

INACCURATE IDENTIFICATION OF GANG MEMBERS
The database is full of inaccurate information and it is not clear whether the CPD has procedures to verify the accuracy of its database. Thus, the gang database includes people who were never gang members, people who joined and then quit gangs, as well as people misidentified with the wrong gang. Because documented gang affiliation is a determining factor for where a person is housed while incarcerated, mislabeling can fuel violence in jails and prisons.

LACK OF NOTIFICATION AND OPPORTUNITY FOR SELF DEFENSE
Those mistakenly included in the database have no mechanism to contest their gang membership label. Even if individuals were to discover that they have been unjustifiably included or that inaccurate information has been entered into the database, there is no established procedure by which they can ensure that their records are removed. The constitutional right to due process would require notice of inclusion in the database and the opportunity to contest the label.

NO KNOWN PROCESS TO PURGE DATA
From the testimony of CPD officials and gang researchers, it appears that names are never removed from the gang database. Moreover, because an individual's alleged gang status appears to not be contained in just a single "gang database," thorough removal processes may be more difficult than simple removal of a marker or one's name from a list.
Criminal records are only purged by court order. Investigatory Stop Reports (ISRs) are supposed to be purged every three years. But it is not clear whether a mark of "gang affiliated" entered as a result of an ISR is removed when the report is erased.

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING LABELED AS GANG AFFILIATED?

HARRASSMENT
Once listed in a gang database, individuals will likely encounter increased police attention and harassment. Gang database systems make gang identification information routinely accessible for use during traffic and other police stops. The techniques used to gather information for gang databases are commonly implemented through widespread stops of young people of color without any suspicion of criminal activity.

TARGETED IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT
Gang involvement has resulted in targeted raids, detention, and deportation for immigrants - including Legal Permanent Residents, recipients of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

IMPACT ON BAIL/BOND AND SENTENCING DECISIONS
Allegations of gang involvement has a substantial impact on the presumption of innocence to which people are entitled as well as the right to non-excessive bail. Since 2012, Chicago police district commanders have been instructed to ensure that "I-Bonds," or personal recognizance bonds that do not require cash payment are not issued to "verified gang members." This is true even for misdemeanor offenses.

BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT & HOUSING
Criminal background checks are routine in employment and housing application processes. Thus, people labeled as gang members can be denied employment opportunities or professional licenses, as well as housing opportunities that require a background check.
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¿Por qué es importante?

Al construir la base de datos de pandillas, el gobierno está colectando información extensiva sobre miles de individuxs sin que haya ningún tipo de delito criminal. El ser parte de una pandilla en si no es ilegal y por lo tanto no califica como un delito criminal subyacente, ni tampoco justifica que se mantenga información de inteligencia al respecto. Esta es una base de datos que en si identifica a unx individux como criminal.

IDENTIFICACION ERRONEA DE MIEMBRXS DE PANDILLAS
La base de datos esta replete de información incorrecta y no está claro si el Departamento de policía de Chicago tiene procesos que verifiquen la veracidad de la base de datos. Por lo tanto, la base de datos de pandillas incluye a personas que nunca han sido miembrxs de una pandilla, gente que ha sido parte de pandillas, pero se ha desvinculado, también como personas que han sido ligadas a la pandilla equivocada. Dado que la afiliación de pandillas que es documentada es un factor que determina donde va estar una persona que es encarcelada, vincular a una persona a la pandilla equivocada puede incrementar la violencia en cárceles y prisiones.

FALTA DE NOTIFICACION Y OPORTUNIDAD PARA DEFENSA PROPIA
Quienes son erróneamente incluidxs en la base de datos no cuentan con ningún tipo de mecanismo para impugnar ser etiquetadxs como miembrx de una pandilla. Aun si una persona fuera a descubrir que se les ha incluido en esta base de datos sin justificación o que información errónea ha sido registrada en la base de datos, no hay un proceso establecido por medio del cual ellxs puedan asegurar que este historial sea eliminado o emendado. El derecho constitucional al proceso debido requiere que se notifique a la persona que ha sido incluida en la base de datos también como una oportunidad para rebatir esta designación.

NO EXISTE UN PROCESO PARA ELIMINAR INFORMACION
Basado en el testimonio de oficiales del Departamento de policía de Chicago e i

Chicago, IL, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • For The Culture ! We Need Change ! Stop Police Brutality !
  • Police already have criminal databases. This "gang database" contains inaccurate information, and is used for racial profiling and harassment.
  • THESE IS MY PEOPLES!

Updates

2018-03-06 18:16:54 -0500

50 signatures reached

2018-02-24 01:18:04 -0500

25 signatures reached

2018-02-23 21:12:01 -0500

10 signatures reached