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To: Chicago City Council and Mayor-Elect Lightfoot
No New CPD Gang Database in Chicago
CPD should follow the recommendations of the Office of Inspector General and stop the creation of a new gang database. The Criminal Enterprise Database goes around a legislative process and cuts out City Council and community experts from the process. It is being created without a full investigation into current practices, without external review.
The creation of this new gang database will continue to harm relationships between police and community members, including the continued information sharing with ICE. CPD should stop the creation of the Criminal Enterprise Database.
Why is this important?
The Chicago office of Inspector general published a partial audit of the Chicago Gang Database, confirming the information that community organizations have been highlighting for years: That it mostly targets Black and Latinx people (at 95% of the list), that it shares information with over 500 agencies, and that instead of being a tool to make communities safer, it is used to criminalize, intimidate, and denigrate Chicagoans.
In response, the Chicago Police Department has stated that they will only comply with a partial list of the recommendations, by creating a new gang database that is supposed to follow the guidelines but ignoring any grievances of people for the current gang database, with plans of continuing to share the inaccurate data with over 500 agencies indefinitely.
Simply put, the research shows that we should not trust the police department to create a new gang database, without oversight, without input from experts, and against the recommendations from the Inspector General. There has been no guarantee that the issues identified with the Gang Database won't be replicated in the new one. The proposal is that information and appeals are still reviewed internally, only within the CPD and requires a background check, there is indication that CPD plans to continue to share this information with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies - potentially including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
For more information on the campaign to Erase the Gang Database, click: http://erasethedatabase.com/
Find full OIG report here in English and Spanish: https://igchicago.org/2019/04/11/review-of-the-chicago-police-departments-gang-database/