2017-05-18 16:43:27 UTC
Chicago Cops’ Mostly Gun-Free “Strategic Subject List” Revealed
May 17, 2017 17 comments
“As Chicago endured a devastating surge in gun violence last summer, scores
of people with long rap sheets stood atop the Chicago Police Department’s
secret watch list,”chicago.suntimes.com reports. The Sun-Times leads with an
example of a bad bad boy on the list. And then the article turns darker . .
Nearly half of the people at the top of the list have never been arrested
for illegal gun possession. About 13 percent have never been charged with
any violent crime. And 20 of the 153 people deemed most at risk to be
involved in violent crime, as victim or shooter, have never been arrested
either for guns or violence.
So someone arrested on a drug charge (presumably) or shot qualifies for the
Chicago PD’s secret “watch list” — regardless of whether or not they’ve been
identified as a gang member. In fact . . .
Gang membership is no longer considered because it wasn’t very good at
predicting involvement in shootings as either gunman or victim, though the
police say they aren’t sure why.
The list was inspired by the research of Yale University sociology professor
Andrew Papachristos (above) — who disavows its use. He told the Sun-Times
that his work focuses on “identifying potential victims, not on predicting
the chances someone will shoot another person.”
The Chicago PD only surrendered the list after the Sun-Times pursued them
legally. The Boys in Blue insisted that “criminals could use the list to
‘thwart’ the police, even though it was based on public information, such as
Bottom line: the CPD’s “watch list” is a secret list maintained by a
government entity, without public disclosure of who’s on it, exactly how
they’re scored, or any method for getting off the list. Just like the FBI’s
“terrorist watch list” (which is actually a number of lists).
Now, consider the Windy City’s anti-gun animus and the state’s requirement
for a Firearms Owners Identification Card. See any problem?