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Chicago Mayoral Candidate To Destroy Gang Records Database Because…Racism

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Chicago Mayoral Candidate Gang Database Racism

A Chicago mayoral candidate is pledging to destroy the city’s gang database, citing the number of minorities listed in the database as an example of racism.

In an interview with the Chicago-Sun Times, Chicago mayoral candidate and current Cook County PResident Tony Predwinkle elaborated on her “Building a Safer Chicago” platform, which includes a pledge to destroy the city’s gang database.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported:

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Preckwinkle says her plan to end the gang database is because it’s largely comprised of black and brown people though there’s “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.”

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“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.”

Predwinkle’s plan would also freeze $95 million in spending for a new police a fire academy, instead using the money to retrain police officers with more lax standards. Predwinkle would also eliminate the job of Chicago’s Police Superintendent, and would increase funding into the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy in an effort to build trust in the community.

This platform comes at a time when Chicago has been plagued with extreme violence. In 2018, in spite of Chicago’s total number of homicides dropping by 15 percent, and shootings by 18 percent, the city remained the number one city for homicides in the United States. In one weekend last year, 61 residents of Chicago were shot, with 8 dying from their injuries. This week, local media in Chicago celebrated a rare day with no reported gun violence.

The city also made headlines late last year when a Chicago activist was shot while live streaming himself canvas for a political candidate on Facebook Live.

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Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

She succeeds Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Monday, solidifying a conservative majority on the nation’s highest court.

Barrett succeeds progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a progressive who had served on the Supreme Court since 1993.

Watch the Senate confirmation proceedings here.

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After a lengthy obstructionist attempt to delay the confirmation, Democrats proved unable to stop a floor vote on Barrett’s confirmation on Monday night. Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted a last minute filibuster in a race against time- claiming the eventual confirmation of Barrett represented “one of the darkest days in the history of the Senate,” but Mitch McConnell ultimately arranged a vote.

Josh Hawley had earlier hailed the confirmation of a justice with a strong pro-life track record.

The vote to confirm Barrett as a SCOTUS Justice passed by a count of 52-48, with Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski voting in favor of Barrett’s confirmation. Maine’s Susan Collins was the only Republican senator to vote against Barrett’s confirmation, refusing to budge on her stance that the next President should appoint Ginsburg’s replacement.

Judge Barrett is expected to be sworn in as an Associate Justice by Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House on Monday night.

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