Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have revealed that from 2000-2014, the Chicago Police Department has meritoriously promoted just (2) Asian officers to the rank of Lieutenant; (3) Asian officers to the rank of Sergeant; and just (1) Asian officer to the rank of Detective. During this same time frame, (31) White; (28) African American, and (16) Hispanics have been meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. (110) White; (77) African American; and (51) Hispanics have been meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. (57) White; (36) African American; and (34) Hispanics have been meritoriously promoted to the rank of Detective. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Asians are the fastest growing population in the country. Currently, Asian families account for 5.5% of Chicago residents and 7.2% of businesses. The (2) Lieutenants that were meritoriously promoted have since retired.
After speaking with the members of AALEA, the problem appears to be state-wide and in every department. As a result, the issues facing these Asian communities are often set aside. With more Asians in supervisory positions, we can ensure that these Asian communities get the police service that they deserve.
A link to the online petition below:
Any questions, concerns, or advice as we move forward with this initiative, please feel free to reach out to any officer or board member.by