High tech?

CPD’s so-called gang database is being questioned…

According to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Policing in Chicago Research Group, CPD identifies more than 128,000 individuals as part of a gang. Three-quarters are African-American, one-quarter are Hispanic and about 5 percent are Caucasian. Information is gleaned from investigatory street stops and arrest records, and the police department can use criteria like someone’s tattoos or clothing choices to determine whether they are affiliated with a gang.

https://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2018/04/10/top-cop-eddie-johnson-vows-changes-chicago-gang-database&ct=ga&cd=CAEYBioTNjk2MDA0MzA0NzAzMDM4OTE0OTIaZjFlZjczMzc2YmYyNmE5OTpjb206ZW46VVM&usg=AFQjCNEpLfUOQ8QWrLh4IVhUYfsUeyJvgQ

At the same time as CPD got a huge donation to fund more high tech policing strategies.

Another piece of the problem

The Supreme Court, as Justice Sotomayor recently noted in a dissent, has done little to check police use of force. Instead, she argues, recently it has used the doctrine of qualified immunity to weaken 4th Amendment protections.

As I have previously noted, this Court routinely displays an unflinching willingness “to summarily reverse courts for wrongly denying officers the protection of qualified immunity” but “rarely intervene[s] where courts wrongly afford officers the benefit of qualified immunity in these same cases.”

From Kisela v Hughes (2018).