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Chicago may start suing gang members for damages


Chicago is poised to embark on a new strategy to attack the gangs that are responsible for much of the gun violence in the city: Sue them to take their belongings


Chicago Sun-Times

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is poised to embark on a new strategy to attack the gangs that are responsible for much of the gun violence in the city: Sue them to take their belongings.

 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she'll introduce on Monday an ordinance that would allow the city to file lawsuits to go after gang members' assets, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

 

Prosecutors in suburban counties have for years been doing something similar by employing the Illinois Street Gang Prevention Act to sue gang members for monetary damages.

 

But attorney John Mauck, who successfully defended four men against in such a lawsuit in Kane County, says that most of the hundreds of such lawsuits over the years have failed to collect any monetary damages from gang members.

 

But as the number of shootings and homicides in Chicago continues to surge, Lightfoot says the city must do everything it can to battle the gangs that have killed and wounded so many.

 

“We have an opportunity to bring these violent street gangs into civil court, out of the shadows, expose them for what they are," she said. “And if we’re successful, and I think we will be, take their assets and the profit motive for killing our babies.”

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https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2021/9/10/22667143/lightfoot-street-gangs-lawsuits-seize-gang-assets

 

 

Lightfoot says city will sue gang members to ‘take their assets


Similar strategies have been used in suburban counties with mixed results. The ACLU says it won’t work. Police Supt. David Brown calls it ‘a very strategic move that the city is taking to take their stuff.’

 

By Frank Main and Fran Spielman  Sep 10, 2021, 3:14pm CDT

 

 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday the city of Chicago will start suing gang members to “take their assets” — a strategy that’s been used in the suburbs for more than 20 years with mixed results.

 

In suburban counties, state’s attorneys have used the Illinois Street Gang Prevention Act to sue gang members, seeking monetary damages and court orders barring gang members from associating with each other and possessing guns.

 

Lightfoot said she’ll propose an ordinance Monday to allow the city’s lawyers to file such lawsuits.

 

She said her proposed anti-gang ordinance isn’t her way of bypassing Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. The mayor has publicly disagreed with Foxx’s handling of gun cases, carjackings and other crimes.

 

“We can’t wait for anybody else,” Lightfoot said. “We have an opportunity to bring these violent street gangs into civil court, out of the shadows, expose them for what they are — and, if we’re successful, and I think we will be, take their assets and the profit motive for killing our babies.

 

“We have to put a marker down that we are using every tool in our toolkit to push back against these violent gangs that are leaving a trail of blood and death and misery in their wake.”

 

John Mauck, an attorney who successfully defended four men against such a lawsuit in Kane County, said Lightfoot’s announcement is “98% political and 2% reality.”

 

“It’s a toothless charade,” Mauck said. “They can get dozens of court orders, but it will not stop crime.”

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When they actually grab a gang member who has a checking or savings account!

When they find a gang member who isn’t residing in a house in their mothers or girlfriends name!

And wait till Lori try’s to run a credit check on a gang member to see what they might have!

The only thing they need to Grab from these wastes of human flesh is the cars they are caught in and the handguns they have when caught!

And then put them in jail and that will stop their cash flow or at the very least slow it down!

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