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Chicago Mayoral Candidate To Destroy Gang Records Database Because…Racism

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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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Senator Tim Scott Predicts “50% Increase” In Black Support for Trump in 2020

Such a shift would be a game changer.

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South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is predicting a “50% increase” in support for Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Scott made the prediction in an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Friday.

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President Trump will see a 50 percent increase in his African-American support. It will go from 8 percent in 2016 to a minimum of 12 percent in 2020. He may even get to 15 percent of the African American vote, and that is game over.”

Such a small slice of the black vote may seem small, but it very well could prove enough to be impactful in swing states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania. Scott pointed to President Trump’s performance on economic policy as a possible factor in drawing black support to the GOP in 2020.

“[Trump] had an executive order to increase affordability of home ownership, and African American home ownership since he took office is up about 2%… President Trump is not just talking a good game, he is walking a good game.”

Scott pointed to the possibility of a Michael Bloomberg nomination alienating some Black Americans from the Democratic Party.

African Americans have been one of the most consistent voting blocs for the Democratic Party since the 1960’s. Some blacks are concerned that they’re not a priority for the Democratic Party in an era where the party has made generous policy concessions to various demographic groups.

A realignment of some Black Americans into the Republican Party wouldn’t be without precedent in American history. African Americans originally strongly supported the reconstruction-era Republican Party when they were granted voting rights(in theory) after the Civil War. The first black U.S Senator and House Representative was a Republican.

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