Groups opposing Lightfoot gang crackdown demand services instead

opponents of gang measure at City Hall
Opponents of a gang-related financial crackdown demonstrate at Chicago City Hall. Photo credit Craig Dellimore

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Some community and youth organizations say they want Mayor Lightfoot to abandon her plan to sue big street gangs to seize their assets. They are calling for an alternative.

Outside City Hall on Friday, Miracle Boyd from the group Good Kids Mad City said Lightfoot’s plan to go after gang assets is misguided and would harm African-American and LatinX communities.

Eric Wilkins with the group Broken Wingz said the mayor’s plan would also hurt gang members’ families and anyone who might unknowingly associate with them.

“This is the same tactics they used during the ‘90s,” he said.

Boyd's group and others support what they call the Peace Book Ordinance, which emphasizes diversion programs and wraparound services that could keep young people from prison.

The mayor’s ordinance is headed for a hearing before the Public Safely Committee.