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Record #: SR2017-911   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 11/8/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action: 12/13/2017
Title: Call for establishment of Chicago Vehicular Terrorism Task Force
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Reboyras, Ariel
Attachments: 1. R2017-911.pdf, 2. SR2017-911.pdf

WHEREAS, terrorism has been a singularly powerful thief of peace and security in our time; and

WHEREAS, the world has responded to large scale efforts such as plane hijackings and devastating bombings with corresponding comprehensive precautions; and

WHEREAS, we now see groups and individuals resorting to the use of seemingly innocuous tools to carry out their terrorist acts; and

WHEREAS, notably, readily available motor vehicles have been weaponized to devastating effects; and

WHEREAS, the New York Times reported that a propaganda magazine of the terror group ISIS "called vehicles one of the 'safest and easiest weapons one could employ' to carry out a lethal attack;" and

WHEREAS, this efficacy has unfortunately been proven far too many times; and

WHEREAS, on October 31, 2017 a terrorist drove on to a bike path in New York City's Lower Manhattan neighborhood, leaving eight (8) people dead and at least twelve (12) injured; and

WHEREAS, on August 17, 2017, terrorists drove a van on to Las Ramblas, the famed pedestrian walkway in Barcelona, Spain, killing at least thirteen (13) and injuring one hundred and thirty (130) more; and

WHEREAS, at an August 12, 2017 white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, a man drove a car into a crowd of counter protestors, killing a thirty-two year old woman and injuring nineteen (19) people; and

WHEREAS, on August 9, 2017, a terrorist targeted a group of soldiers in a suburb of Paris, France, injuring six (6); and

WHEREAS, on June 3,2017, terrorists drove onto a London bridge sidewalk ultimately killing eight (8) and injuring forty eight (48); and

WHEREAS, earlier that year in London, on March 22, another terrorist drove onto Westminster Bridge, killing four (4) pedestrians before running on foot and stabbing an unarmed police officer; and

WHEREAS, on April 7,2017, a hijacked truck was used to drive into a group of shoppers in Stockholm, Sweden, ultimately killing five (5); and


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