Cook Co. Bans Sheriff From Keeping Intel On Gang Members, Sharing Gang Knowledge

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to do away with the county's gang database.

Chicago, IL – The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted to permanently destroy the county’s gang database, and set up legal barriers to make sure it cannot be restarted.

The Regional Gang Intelligence Database has been a contentious resource for Chicago-area law enforcement.

In January, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office announced it had “terminated” the database after no other law enforcement agency in the region was willing to run and maintain it, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s chief policy adviser, Cara Smith, said the database was no longer connected to the system and had been stored in a secure location.

Smith said the gang database will be destroyed after the Cook County Local Records Commission voted to have it destroyed. That could happen within a year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The ordinance that was approved on Feb. 21 goes into effect immediately. The mandate said that the sheriff’s department would be charged with enacting “the final destruction” of the crime-fighting too.

It also prohibited the Cook County sheriff from maintaining, re-creating, or sharing the kind of information collected for the database, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Democratic Commissioner Alma Anaya said the destruction of the gang database was not enough.

“We needed it in writing,” Anaya said. “I think that the decommissioning that [Sheriff Tom Dart] pushed for was a great first step, but we still needed all of these other steps and all of these assurances that the community groups really wanted.”

She said she planned to hold a public hearing within 90 days that would allow development of a long-term plan.

There are also concerns about how people who were on the previous database list can find out if their names were on it and how it was used, now that it has been destroyed, Anaya’s policy director Victoria Moreno told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The database contained 25,000 names of people suspected of being affiliated with more than 400 gangs and gang factions, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Current Cook County Board President and mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle had made the gang database a major plank of her platform, and vowed to destroy it.

She said she planned to get rid of the city’s gang database because it is made up of mostly people of color, and claimed there was “no criteria for how to get on it and many don’t know if they’re on it and there’s no way to get off of it.”

“It’s part of the culpability of the Police Department,” Preckwinkle said. “People don’t know how they got there and it’s used to damage their lives. That’s a real challenge to police-community relations.”

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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

As a result these specific people and the City of Chicago deserve every bit of crime and associated problems that come their way.......Liberalism is a collective mental illness and their actions will negatively affect many ,many others in this city. Everyone watch as Rome burns.

Frank R
Frank R

You seriously couldn't pay me enough to be a cop in Shitcago.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

And they wonder why they have roughly 3 homicides a day, primarily involving people of color. It's the GANGS stupid!

Pat1978
Pat1978

They have put 'racial' and other victim identities on a pedestal that can't be touched by facts. Facts are tools of the 'oppressor'. These fools are pushing for equality of outcomes (even in criminal enterprise) along a single dimension ('race') and it's not even a sophisticated account of 'race'. The alt-left is out of control. Hopefully, their tactics will cause an implosion and they'll disappear from the political scene without causing too much more collateral damage.

Pat1978
Pat1978

If any other business failed to be 'diverse' enough, the left would blame the business for being biased. Gangs lack 'diversity' and it's the cops fault. I know it's not in this article but I have definitely seen it written that one of the biggest problems with the gang database was an overrepresentation of minorities.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Funny how the liberals "vow" to shut down a database that no one is using. " ... had “terminated” the database after no other law enforcement agency in the region was willing to run and maintain it, ... the database was no longer connected to the system and had been stored in a secure location."

LEO0301
LEO0301

Yep, this is how democrats approach fighting crime. Eliminate all tools that might actually save lives. Good job.

JBo
JBo

We don't need no stinkin' gang database because this is Chicago...this be a safe city to live in and visit. Just forget them hundreds of murders every year.

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

boy, you can see who's paying their second salary

Lamont Cranston
Lamont Cranston

I think the Sheriff and deputies along with the agencies effected should tell Cook County their idiotic order will NOT be followed. Stand up to these morons!

Jones24
Jones24

I am shocked that they would not use all the tools necessary to illuminate crime in their city.

GForce48
GForce48

ANOTHER glaring example of why we can no longer entrust our collective security into the hands of Dems/Libs/Socialists as they no longer hold our safety and security as a priority on any level Federal, state or local! They consistently coddle/enable all the elements that are harmful to us.

Righton17
Righton17

Pretty soon they will want to do away with the DNA data base and the fingerprint data base as well. Then all criminal history data bases will be targeted. Just goes to show us all how the liberal is dedicated to protecting the criminal at the expense of we the people.

Cbtdoc2002
Cbtdoc2002

Hmm..I'm still trying to figure out how those sworn to protect and defend the Constitution can defend and apply the Unconstitutional laws that come out of shitcago and crook county...

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

“The database contained 25,000 names of people suspected of being affiliated with more than 400 gangs and gang factions, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.” and “city’s gang database because it is made up of mostly people of color, and claimed there was “no criteria for how to get on it and many don’t know if they’re on it and there’s no way to get off of it.”

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how someone would get put on the database...gang activity or affiliation! As for not knowing if they’re on it, of course not! It’s a tool to monitor criminal activity. You don’t post the intel because it will expose informants and ongoing investigations. This whole issue is just another race card played to protect criminals.

Dangerdoug
Dangerdoug

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Ladypyro1
Ladypyro1

I am simply flabbergasted at the idiocy that comes out of Chicago. I reminds me of the days when they were run by the mob. My sympathy goes out to those officers that are being hamstrung at every turn. Chicago doesn't want a police force so they should disband them and save officers lives. Then let Chicago stew in the filth of their own making

Albert2
Albert2

In AZ we had a gang data base you had to meet certain criterias..self proclaiming..colors..hand signs...tattoos....ect you were on it for 3 years if you committed no crimes or didn't get re certified you came off. It was an amazing tool for identifying criminals and for enhanced penalties. Why couldn't they adjust their system to one like AZ...oh right Chicago sorry stupid question

pixiepup
pixiepup

By all means, protect those sweet gangs and we sure don’t want to destroy their squeaky clean Reputations! I guess it doesn’t matter about the lives they destroy! Stupid

Dbrit1
Dbrit1

When the first ounce of non- gang blood is spilled, let the lawsuits begin individually naming each county commissioner who voted for this idiocy.

checksix
checksix

Gee, sounds like the "No Fly List".

BillLEO
BillLEO

What happed to crime fighting common sense? No wonder Chicago has such a high murder rate. How stupid can law makers and a mayor be?

Woobie46
Woobie46

Another bright moment for Chi town. They are genuinely mentally ill...the people who vote and the people in power...they are mad as hatters. I guess blood in the streets is perfectly acceptable...well, it's on THEM!

Woobie46
Woobie46

Man, you said it!

wmc50
wmc50

Any known members of the Folks Nation gang on the Cook County BOC?? They were very actively trying to get involved in local politics several years ago.

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

another city on my "no go to" list. It keeps on getting longer.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Welcome to the "People's Republic of Chicago!"

HH3
HH3

I do believe that to ensure safety and any hint of racism that we remove all law enforcement and any tracking of any possible crime from the neighborhoods of all county commissioners. Because as leaders, they would NEVER vote for anything for another neighborhood that they would not vote for their own! Right??????

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

And they wonder why they have so much crime, and then try to prevent law-abiding citizens from defending themselves. Criminal stupidity.

Marine1958
Marine1958

I would never sign up to be a policeman there. Take your time on calls to gang territory and then when you get there, act like you can't do anything. Then the scum can shoot up the neighborhood and you can sit back and watch the bullets fly. What a holiday that would be. Good luck Officers and be safe.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Goofy, bleeding heart, hug-a-thug, liberal politicians at work! 👎☹