Chicago is known for its notorious gang problem, now more than ever—murders in the city are up sharply in 2021 from recent years—and the city's stalwart mayor, Lori Lightfoot, has hit upon a novel solution to fight back: Ask the gangs to show up in court to face lawsuits!
As Chicago's gang violence spirals out of control, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is coming up with a new plan to fight back.
Lightfoot wants to hold the gangs accountable by allowing the city to sue the very people who are pulling the trigger.
Authorities want to take away the guns, cars, jewelry and money from gangs to eliminate their profit motive.
Lightfoot is introducing an ordinance on Tuesday that will allow the city to sue gangs for the damage they inflict and seize their assets, the objects of ill-gotten gains.
"What we are proposing is a tool in civil courts that gives us the opportunity to go after those gangs that are wreaking havoc and in particular, take away the profit motive from them by seizing assets that they have been able to purchase because of their violent activity in our neighborhoods," Lightfoot said.
What a novel idea! It's pretty wild that the city is only just thinking of this brilliant move after years and years of relentless gang violence.
Some experts, meanwhile—such as Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell, Jr.—were less than confident that the plan would actually do anything at all:
Of course it won't do anything! What a joke. 🤣
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