How fast the Chicago Police Department dispatches officers to a 911 emergency site is still dependent upon which neighborhood you live in, and if you live in a neighborhood that is predominantly minority, you will wait longer for a response. The ACLU of Illinois and the Central Austin Neighborhood Association filed suit against the city in 2011 for prejudicial 911 response patterns that put neighborhoods with proportionately higher minority populations at a disadvantage when needing emergency police support. As a follow-up to an earlier 2010 review, The Chicago Sun-Times analyzed dispatch data, from 2011 through 2013, and found that police dispatch time rates in the summer of 2013 were often up to four times slower for high crime districts on the city’s South Side and West Side than for downtown areas and the North Side. Harvey Grossman, Legal Director of the ACLU of Illinois, maintains that nothing has changed since the ACLU filed its suit and advocates implementing a police work-load based assessment program to determine where more police officers are needed. Grossman argues that politics should not trump law enforcement:

“If you can’t hire more officers because of fiscal constraints, then fine,” he said. “but you need to distribute the cops more fairly.”

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