Past Event

More police, less crime?

Cafe Society will be meeting at the Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, July 20

From Summer Slam by Angela Caputo

Angela Caputo will also be our guest speaker.

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to deploy 500 additional beat officers this summer to a handful of the city’s highest-crime areas could mean that more black teens are headed to jail for low-level crimes at a rate disproportionate to teens of other races. A Chicago Reporter analysis of Cook County court cases found that black teens aged 15, 16 and 17 are nearly four times more likely to be charged with misdemeanor crimes than white and Latino youth combined. This summer, the additional officers are heading to eight districts, seven of which are majority-black. These areas are also home to the bulk of 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds from Chicago who have had misdemeanor court cases initiated against them over the past five years, according to the Reporter’s analysis.”  

Questions for Consideration

How might increased police presence help deter violence in areas with higher rates of crime? What are the intended (and unintended) effects of more police presence in communities? Why do certain neighborhoods experience more or less violence than others? What role can individuals and communities play in making streets safer for everyone?

Want to learn more?

Free and open to the public. For more information, call 312.422.5580. If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit