The Cook County Gang Database was decommissioned and the data was destroyed.
The Sheriff’s department should follow the proper guidelines to dismantle the database.
These guidelines include:
- Destroying the database after the Cook County Board of Commissioners hold mandatory public hearing required by the ordinance approved on Feb. 21, 2019
- Allow all 26,144 people whose personal information was added to RGID to know which agencies accessed their information
Why is this important?
Last week members of the coalition to Erase the Cook County Gang Database known as RGID (Regional Gang Intelligence Database) learned of the Sheriff's Office plans to destroy the database before the Cook County Board of Commissioners holds a mandatory public hearing required by the Ordinance approved last month.
This expedited approval and comments by the Sheriff's Office should raise red flags to anyone that believes in transparency and processes of accountability of law enforcement. Just because the RGID is destroyed doesn’t mean the harm stops to exist and the Sheriff’s department should follow the proper steps to dismantle the database.
For criminalized communities, such as in the case of people included in RGID without due process, having knowledge of which agencies accessed their information can be instrumental to defend their rights in front of agencies such as ICE, FBI, DHS, and State’s Attorney among others.
Check out the new report on the Regional Gang Intelligence Database (LINK).