New online tool to track Chicago gun suspects draws fire

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August 25, 2019 - 9:39 am

FILE - In this June 3, 2019, file photo Chicago Police officers investigate the scene where a man was shot in the Fuller Park neighborhood of Chicago. A dispute over an online Chicago police database that keeps track of people accused of gun-related crimes stems from a larger disagreement over changes to the city's bond system. The city's top police officer says the new tool shows how easy it is for people accused of gun-related crimes to get out of jail and back on the street. But critics say the Gun Offender Dashboard unfairly maligns people who are presumed innocent. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — A new online Chicago police tool that lists the status of people accused of gun-related crimes is getting criticism from those who say it unfairly maligns people who are presumed innocent under the law.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson recently unveiled the "Gun Offender Dashboard" to show how quickly and easily people get out of jail. It comes after Cook County's chief judge two years ago implemented a policy that requires judges to set affordable bail amounts for those not deemed a danger to the community.

County Public Defender Amy Campanelli says the existence of such a list sends a message that people are dangerous even before they've had their day in court.

Johnson and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot say the tool lists information already available to the public.

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