Lightfoot Stands Behind CPD's Gun Offender Database

Andy Dahn
August 12, 2019 - 8:14 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lightfoot is defending a controversial new online database that shows bond amounts for people charged with gun crimes.

Some have criticized the Chicago Police Department's gun offender dashboard for being inaccurate and failing to differentiate between those arrested for gun possession and those charged with firing weapons, but Mayor Lightfoot said there's no harm in highlighting public information.

"The site itself has, as its first banner, the appropriate disclaimer that defendants in these cases are entitled to a presumption of innocence," Lightfoot told reporters Monday. "I think the public has a right to know what's going on in our courts."

She added that Chicagoans with criminal histories who are arrested for gun possession should not be entitled to bond.

"There's been an orchestrated pushback over the last week to say 'oh, this is terrible.' Since when is it a problem to put out public information?"