Chicago man files suit over photo in 'Gang Book'

July 26, 2012

Associated Press

A man whose picture appears in the Chicago Crime Commission's Gang Book contends the group damaged his reputation by falsely labeling him as a gang leader.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Edward Arroyo sued the commission Wednesday in Cook County.

The Chicago Crime Commission released its Gang Book in January as a guide to inform law enforcement, parents, teachers and business owners about street gangs. It includes gang profiles, maps and information about gang trends.

Arroyo's lawsuit contends his name and picture are featured in a section about the Spanish Gangster Disciples' leadership. He says he isn't affiliated with any gang.

The commission hasn't yet seen the lawsuit, but spokesman John Pastuovic says the book is based on police records and interviews with informants, law enforcement and gang members.