Retenes de DUI en Albany Park son irresponsables en medio de pánico sobre redadas de inmigración

January 15, 2016

Defensores de inmigrantes piden a la ciudad de Chicago suspender retenes de DUI en Albany Park

 

 

Chicago, Illinois (NED).– Durante las últimas dos semanas el barrio de Albany Park ha sido objeto de rumores diarios e informes de que inmigración está llevando a cabo búsquedas o redadas en tiendas de abarrotes locales y edificios de apartamentos. Aunque la mayoría de los rumores recientes ha resultado ser falsos, derivan del miedo creado, ataques coordinados a nivel nacional por el Departamento de seguridad nacional dirigida a las familias de América Central que comenzó a principios de enero. Estos ataques han causado pánico en el país, incluyendo en Chicago en la comunidad de Albany Park, un barrio con una alta población de migrantes de América Central que viven ahí.

 

               El martes el grupo de derechos de inmigrantes en Chicago Comunidades organizadas contra las deportaciones (OCAD) recibió un comunicado de prensa escrito por la oficina de asuntos de noticias en el Departamento de policía de Chicago (CPD) con respecto a que una "patrulla estaría reforzando las reglas de DUI en Albany Park en el distrito (17)" este sábado 16 y 17 de enero. Según el comunicado de prensa (adjunto abajo), el programa será "saturar un área previamente designada con policías itinerantes que estarán monitoreando el  tráfico vehicular". La comunidad de Albany Park está localizada al norte de Chicago, colinda con las comunidades de Oak Park e Irving Park.

 

               "Es absolutamente irresponsable para la ciudad de Chicago configurar cualquier tipo de puestos de control en una comunidad que al mismo tiempo está siendo aterrorizada por agentes de inmigración," dijo Rosi Carrasco, una de las organizadoras de OCAD. "Haremos nuestro mejor esfuerzo este fin de semana para informar a las personas de sus derechos y protegerlos prematuramente de redadas de inmigración y las actividades de policía de Chicago. En el clima actual, esperamos que si hay una 'saturación' de policía, habrá informes de incursiones en Albany Park este fin de semana. "Lo peor que puede hacer la ciudad es crear más confusión y pánico, concluyó.

 

               Esta no es la primera vez que uso de la ciudad de Chicago de puestos de control DUI afecta desproporcionadamente a las comunidades de color. El otoño pasado, un Informe de la Chicago Tribune demostró que ese 84% de estos puestos de control DUI se estaban produciendo en comunidades latinas y negro. OCAD llamada la atención a la papel de la ciudad en la tipificación de los inmigrantes y contribuyendo a la redada de deportación, señalando el uso de cargos de DUI por aplicación de la inmigración para dar prioridad a las personas para su deportación.

 

 

City DUI Checkpoints in Albany Park Are Irresponsible Amidst Panic Over Immigration Raids

 

Immigrant rights group calls for the City of Chicago to suspend DUI checkpoints

 

Chicago, Illinois (NED).– For the last two weeks the Albany Park neighborhood has been the subject of daily rumors and reports that immigration enforcement is conducting searches or raids in local grocery stores and apartment buildings. Although most of the recent rumors have turned out to be false, they stem from fear created by the mass, nationally-coordinated raids by the Department of Homeland Se

curity targeting Central American families that began in early January. These raids have caused panic around the country, including in Chicago’s Albany Park, a neighborhood with a high Central American population where many recent migrants have made their home.

 

               On Tuesday the Chicago-based immigrant rights group Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) received a press release written by the Office of News Affairs at the Chicago Police Department (CPD) regarding a “DUI Strike Force Patrol in the Albany Park (17th) District” this Saturday January 16th and 17th.  According to the press release (attached below), the program will “saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continuously monitor vehicular traffic.”

 

               “It is absolutely irresponsible for the City of Chicago to be setting up any sort of checkpoints in a community that at the same time is being terrorized by immigration agents,” said Rosi Carrasco, an organizer with OCAD. “We will do our best this weekend to inform  people of their rights and protect them from both immigration raids and the untimely Chicago police activities. In the current climate, we expect that if there is a ‘saturation’ of police, there will be reports of raids in Albany Park this weekend. The worst thing the City can do is create more confusion and panic,” she concluded.

 

               This is not the first time that the City of Chicago’s use of DUI checkpoints disproportionately affects communities of color. Last fall, a report from the Chicago Tribune showed that that 84% of these DUI checkpoints were taking place in Latino and Black communities. OCAD called attention to the city’s role in criminalizing immigrants and contributing to the deportation dragnet, pointing to the use of DUI charges by immigration enforcement to prioritize people for deportation.

 

 

DUI STRIKE FORCE PATROL – ALBANY PARK (17th) DISTRICT

 

               The Chicago Police Department will be conducting a DUI Strike Force Patrol in the Albany Park (17th) District this weekend. The DUI Strike Force Patrol will commence at 7:00 p.m.on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 and end at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 17th, 2016.

 

               The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving. Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations. Police vehicles equipped for speed detection are deployed to apprehend speeding violators.

 

            In addition, the Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit may also be deployed to allow officers to expedite the process of charging a person with Driving under the Influence (DUI) prior to transporting an alleged into the nearest lockup for bonding. The mobile unit also allows for Individual Recognizance Bonds (I-Bonds) to be issued at the site of the DUI Strike Force Patrol.

 

            The DUI Strike Force Patrol conducted in the Grand Crossing (3rd) District on January 9-10,

 2016, resulted in the following:

 

Driving Under the Influence                         1

Driver’s License Violations                           10

Unsafe Vehicle Violations                             51

Insurance Violations                                     25

Safety Belt Violations                                    15

Traffic Violations (Other)                               62

Total Citations                                               164

Other Arrests                                                1 – Warrant

Vehicles Towed                                             3

 

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