Are Young People Being Shot More by Police?

People from the ages of 13-24 are more likely to be killed by police than any other age group in the city. From years 2013-2015 48 people under the age of 24 have been killed by police in Chicago. Research from city bureau has shown that, out of all of the 47 known people killed by CPD, this age group is found out to make up 55% of that 48 people shot and killed by CPD from 2013 to 2015. According to the Independent Police Review Authority  (IPRA), in the city of Chicago 65 people were shot by police between the years of 2014-2015.

    Many of these police shootings or other forms of violence have often happened in Black and Latino communities. Recently, teenager Pierre Loury was killed by a chicago police officer; this incident has put a lot more pressure on the police department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Superintendent Garry McCarthy (at the time) announced that police officers will wear body cameras in six additional police districts by mid-2016. “Equipping every officer with a wearable camera device allows us to harness the power of technology to better serve the people of Chicago,” McCarthy had stated. But not everyone agrees that body cams are going to be effective. According to the huffington post researchers at the University of Florida found that the use of force and civilian complaints fell dramatically when officers and civilian knew they were being recorded. According to USAToday, body cameras will not stop police abuse; demonstrated from a teen in Chicago running away and a homeless man in Albuquerque. “Yet putting a camera on every law enforcement officer – along with storing and securing millions of hours of video – could be the most expensive law enforcement initiative since installing two-way radios in patrol cars.” quoted from Rachel Levinson-Waldman and Nick Selby of USAToday.

Starting this year of 2016, 450 police officers will begin using body cameras to ensure the safety for residents but also be use as a tool to get a view of the public when they encounter a police officer.

By: Chelsea Berry, Monzell McKnight, and Patty Macias

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