CHICAGO (AP) – A new online Chicago police tool that lists the status of people accused of gun-related crimes is getting criticism from those who say it unfairly maligns people who are presumed innocent under the law.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson recently unveiled the “Gun Offender Dashboard” to show how quickly and easily people get out of jail. It comes after Cook County’s chief judge two years ago implemented a policy that requires judges to set affordable bail amounts for those not deemed a danger to the community.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Semi Truck Slides Into Ditch Due To Snowy Conditions On Tri-State Tollway
County Public Defender Amy Campanelli says the existence of such a list sends a message that people are dangerous even before they’ve had their day in court.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Runner Training For Boston Marathon Braves The Snow Along Chicago's Lakefront
Johnson and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot say the tool lists information already available to the public.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather Alert: Dangerous Driving Conditions With Snow Causing Low Visibility For Friday Commute
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