Police Oversight Board reviews improved gang database.


Chicago Police Department officials Monday held a virtual meeting of the Interim Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability to discuss a proposed overhaul of the agency’s controversial gang database.

Called the Criminal Enterprise Information System (CEIS), the new system came about three years after the city’s inspector general’s office found that the original database was often unverified and composed of outdated information. .

Commission chair Anthony Driver said the commission was notified last month by the ministry that the new system would go into effect on Oct. 28.

The commission has called for the policy to be postponed until the public has had a chance to hear about the plans, but Driver said there is currently no set date for the database’s start. was posted on the website on November 7.

“People have been hit hard by this database,” Driver said. “We do not consider this inevitable in any way, and do not expect this current iteration to move forward before the Commission considers and engages the community on this issue.”

In 2018, a coalition of community groups filed a federal lawsuit against the city, seeking to deem the database unconstitutional. Law enforcement officials said Monday that his proposed CEIS policy is part of the resolution to that lawsuit.

Committee members Monday asked for clarification on how the new system differs from the old system.

CPD General Counsel Dana O’Malley said the biggest difference is that there are higher standards that must be met to be listed in the database. In older versions, self-admission of gang affiliation without proof was enough to include someone in the system, but his new CEIS doesn’t allow that, he said, O’Malley said. increase.

A person’s voluntary entry is backed up by other information, such as body-worn camera footage of entry, a distinctive tattoo or emblem, or identification of the person as a gang member by a person who provided credible information to the department. is needed. Over the past two years, the draft states:

“There are certain qualifications required to participate in the system,” says O’Malley. “It’s not just a factor.” Once an officer submits a name to enter into the database, that submission must go through a multi-level approval process and be vetted.

Anyone on the list who believes they are wrong can file a police complaint. The ministry will give him 90 days to respond to the appeal.

O’Malley said the department needs to collect information because it is a key tool in preventing retaliatory shootings.

“There are many crimes that need investigation. Will there be retaliation?” O’Malley said. “We are trying to reach out to potential victims of crime. Without this information, we cannot properly investigate.”


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