Gun violence is the top crime problem associated with Chicago, particularly in neighborhoods and communities occupied primarily by Black and Latino people. The issue has long been on the radar of politicians at every level, and the Chicago Police Department has employed a number of strategies to get a better handle on the daily shootings that happen on the South and West Sides.
One of these is the Strategic Subjects List (SSL), also referred to as the Chicago Gang Database. The purpose of the SSL, according to police, is to identify those individuals who are most likely to either be a perpetrator or victim of gun violence.
This is commonly referred to as predictive policing. However, a recent study of the SSL found that the Chicago Police department is actually using the database as a profiling mechanism specifically targeting Blacks and Latinos.
Updated Dec 12, 2017 - 10:52:46 AM
National News Trump Decision Means Explosion For Middle East
The unilateral decision of President Donald Trump to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem sparked days of outrage and violent protests worldwide.
Updated Dec 14, 2017 - 4:01:38 PM
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Black people have been faced with daunting tasks in an attempt to come up with solutions to serious problems faced daily in their communities nationwide. One critical but unavoidable problem is what happens during times that emergencies stemming from weather-related disasters strike.
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While the news focuses on the rampant opioid drug crisis, which mainly affects White people, Blacks are dying from cocaine overdoses at about the same rate and level as opioid overdoses.
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National News Rev. Jackson vows to ‘Keep Hope Alive' in Parkinson’s Disease battle
Iconic civil rights leader Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., recently announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He penned an open letter to friends and supporters explaining that the disease is adversely affecting his daily life. Rev. Jackson is now taking a step back to focus on better managing his health.
Updated Dec 14, 2017 - 3:24:44 PM
National News A complicated crisis: Mental illness, youth and detention
According to the National Center of Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, 70 percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition, with about one-in-three youths needing immediate access to services and treatment.
Updated Dec 14, 2017 - 3:20:35 PM