Concerns over the arrest records of juveniles and students within Chicago Public Schools are gathering momentum. Tuesday may well be seen as a positive move towards wholesale change within Chicago’s police department. The Cook County state Attorney (Alvarez) may well be on her way out of office along with her role in the quagmire of police culture. Vocal calls resonate for her resignation following the handling of the shooting of Laquan McDonald. As lead attorney she has overseen police violence going unchecked. Failed to bring to account police officers for misconduct. Misconduct relating to harassment, bogus arrests and fatal shootings. Refused to listen to potentially innocent victims and sought retribution for those individuals recording officers actions. Those college students who have criticized her office have also been bullied.
Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice consider her to be an aggressive prosecutor. The net would also seem to have been cast over thousands of Chicago’s school children. A proliferation of arrest records now condemn many thousands to the juvenile justice system. Now 27,000 members of the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) have got behind Kim Foxx. This breaks precedence as being the first time the CTU have directly supported a candidate for State Attorney. CTU president says Foxx can plug the pipeline of school to prison and stem the tide of arrest records blighting the future’s of so many young adults. Contrary Alvarez has doomed thousands of Latino and black CPS students towards the juvenile justice system. The thousands of arrest records make grim reading in an uneasy climate.
Project Nia is a grass roots organization that compiles arrest records annually from school data. In the school year 2013>2014 within CPS premises 7,703 were arrested. This being 20% of total arrests within Chicago. In 2013 itself arrest records confirm 892 Latinos and 3,414 black students were charged. However arrest records also confirm only 192 of their white counterparts were charged. Charges were for disorderly conduct, school fights and simple battery made up 50% of the arrests. Non index offenses accounted for just shy of 25%. Over 50% of students were below 16 years of age. During the school year 2011>2012 arrest records confirm 9,246 arrests. Charges included children as young as 10. In 2010, there were 6,430 arrests mostly for misdemeanors. Typically every CPS campus has two CPD officers. Many schools employ additional security and 7 high schools have their own internal booking stations.
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