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Black Children Exposed to Chicago Gun Violence Advance Bias Suit

Oct. 1, 2019, 3:22 PM

Black children exposed to excessive gun violence in their Chicago neighborhood may proceed with their Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit against Illinois, a federal district court said Sept. 30.

The children claimed they developed post-traumatic stress disorder because of their constant exposure to violence. They sued Illinois and the state police, among others, under the ADA seeking an accommodation for that disability.

Chicago’s rampant gun violence is centered in its black neighborhoods, the opinion by Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois said.

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