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To: Stanley Moore, County Board Commissioner, 4th District

Pass the Ordinance to Uncover the Cook County's Gang Database

Pass the Ordinance to Uncover the Cook County's Gang Database

Pass the Ordinance to Uncover the Cook County's Gang Database

Why is this important?

In December, Commissioner Alma Anaya introduced an ordinance to protect the rights of Cook County residents by prohibiting the use of the county's gang database until the completion of the Inspector General's investigation into the use and impact of the database.

The ordinance is supported by community organizations across the county that pushed for such to be included on the agenda at the next meeting of the Board of Commissioners. On January 22nd, advocates were alerted when the ordinance was taken off the agenda by Commissioner Stanley Moore with support from the Sheriff's office.

As the Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, Commissioner Stanley Moore has the power to call the ordinance up for a vote at the next meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

In Cook County, the sheriff's department has managed a database of at least 25,000 people called the Regional Gang Intelligence Database since the early 2000s. According to a ProPublica investigation, the list includes “hundreds whose gangs aren’t known and hundreds who are dead.” Authorities from 371 different agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, which includes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have access to the data, and could potentially use it to target individuals. The inclusion of a person's name on the database can adversely affect employment, housing, bail/bond and parole decisions, and lead to false arrest, deportation, citizenship, and other life devastating consequences.Individuals are never notified when their names have been placed in the database and therefore never have an opportunity to challenge the charges or provide evidence in their defense. The lack of notification, judicial process, or opportunity for self-defense and review, create an environment ripe for civil rights violations and abuse of power.

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Cook County, IL, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • Community members are associated as gang members and criminalized for being "a match."
  • It's the right thing to do!

Updates

2019-01-23 17:26:47 -0500

100 signatures reached

2019-01-23 13:28:57 -0500

50 signatures reached

2019-01-23 12:39:40 -0500

25 signatures reached

2019-01-23 12:01:19 -0500

10 signatures reached