The Chicago Tribune covered the ACLU of Illinois' press conference about recently released data indicating that police are deployed inequitably across various Chicago neighborhoods with disparities on the West and South Sides. The ACLU of Illinois filed a joint lawsuit with the Central Austin Neighborhood Association (CANA) asking the City of Chicago to examine these inequities.
Ron Reed, who represents the group, said he and his wife live less than two blocks from the Austin District station, but the closeness of the station doesn’t mean nearby residents obtain swift police service. The area around Reed’s home is riddled with drug activity, gun violence and prostitution, he said.
“Over the past several years I have personally and repeatedly dialed 911 to report illegal activity outside our home, on our block and in our community,” Reed said at a news conference Thursday morning at the ACLU headquarters at 180 N. Michigan Ave. “Time and again, we call the police and they rarely respond.”