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Record #: R2016-626   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 9/14/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Public Safety
Final action: 7/26/2017
Title: Call for hearing(s) on causes and possible solution regarding disproportionate number of black victims in missing person cases and Chicago Police Department protocol to remedy such imbalances
Sponsors: Sawyer, Roderick T., Ervin, Jason C., Harris, Michelle A., Dowell, Pat, Mitts, Emma, Austin, Carrie M., Scott, Jr. Michael, Taliaferro, Chris, Willie B. Cochran, Hairston, Leslie A., Foulkes, Toni, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Moore, David H., Brookins, Jr., Howard, Curtis, Derrick G., King, Sophia D., Mitchell, Gregory I., Moreno, Proco Joe
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Public Safety
Attachments: 1. R2016-626.pdf
Committee on Public Safety September 14, 2016 City Council Meeting


WHEREAS, the City of''Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with an estimated population of roughly 2.7 million ; and

WHEREAS, at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, 32.9 percent of Chicago's overall population identified as black; and

WHEREAS, to date, the estimated black population of Chicago.still constitutes roughly one-third of's population; and

WHEREAS, it has been found that black persons represent the majority of open missing persons cases in the City of Chicago, with approximately two-thirds of the more than 830 open missing persons cases being black; and

WHEREAS, of the missing persons cases1, 337 cases concern black youth between the ages of 11 and 21; and

WHEREAS, of the 838 open missing persons cases, black girls between the ages of 11 and 21 represented 202 cases, almostone-fourth of all cases, while white girls of, the same age represent only 4% of such cases; and

WHEREAS,, numerous:studies show that young black women constitute a particularly vulnerable group to perpetrators of sex trafficking crimes2; and

WHEREAS, these numbers reflect a striking imbalance of instance and response to black missing persons; and

WHEREAS, Chicago continues to struggle to.address racial inequities as they affect the quality of life, education, income, and. employment of black Chicagoans;

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NOW THEREFORE,, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor and/the members of City Council call for hearings before the'C.ommittee on Public Safety with to consider the causes and.possible resolutions to address the disproportionate number of black victims in missing persons cases and other crimes and what protocol Chicago Police Department and other members of law enforcement intend to und...

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