Aziz Huq on the Constitutional Issues in Using Chicago Gang Database

A Closer Look At Chicago Police's Gang Database
Patrick Smith
July 13, 2017

Some experts say there are potential problems with how the Chicago Police Department tracks suspected gang members.


University of Chicago law Professor Aziz Huq added that there is nothing illegal about police compiling a list of suspected gang members. But he sees a potential constitutional violation if the database is actually used for policing.

“It’s an open question of law whether inclusion in a gang database is a lawful basis for a street stop,” Huq said. “The idea that police can treat you as suspicious because police believe you are suspicious, that just seems circular to me. There is no independent corroboration.”

Aziz Huq