Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced a brand original measure for town to preserve gang members accountable: by suing them and seizing their assets as a plot of destabilizing them.
“What we’re proposing is a tool in civil courts that offers us the replace to toddle after these gangs that are wreaking havoc and, in particular, seize away the profit motive from them by seizing assets that they’ve been able to seize in consequence of of their violent process in our neighborhoods,” Lightfoot talked about on Tuesday.
Under the original ordinance, gang members will be fined up to $10,000 for a single incident.
Lightfoot’s feedback followed identical condemnation in August after the death of a police officer, when she cited guns and gangs as “a customary enemy”. “We have to continue hanging laborious blows, each day,” she talked about at the time.
The mayor took office in Might well well 2019 and made it a top priority to tackle town’s excessive charge of violence, but the charge of homicides has climbed 50% below her explore, section of an uptick all around the country within the route of the pandemic. In accordance to files released by the Chicago police division, gang-associated homicides maintain been the supreme amongst all diversified categories of homicides in 2019 and 2020, and shot up within the 2d twelve months.
Whereas there’s runt most contemporary files particularly on gang violence within town, it is intricately linked to town’s excessive gun-violence charge, and broken-down gang members maintain testified that guns play a grand function in gang violence.
The measure mute needs to be common by the Chicago city council, and will be reviewed by the foundations committee on Friday.