The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is being ordered to destroy a giant database of gang information after the county board voted to stop the program.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the database holds the names of 25,000 people suspected of being affiliated with roughly 400 gangs and factions in Illinois. Along with the names it recorded gang signs, tattoos and other known markings.
The information on that server was being shared with more than 350 other police departments.
Sheriff Tom Dart apparently decommissioned the database last month, but now the board members want all of the information destroyed so the program can’t be brought back or handed off to other law enforcement agencies.
The destruction of the server is scheduled to happen within the next year.
According to ProPublica, the Chicago Police Department keeps a similar database and has roughly 128,000 people listed, while the state police have one with about 90,000 names.
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