Will Black Lives Matter affect the Chicago mayoral race?

By Michelle Shephard, CNN With the Chicago mayoral election on the horizon, law and order has become a top campaign issue, according to a report by the nonprofit news organization The Marshall Project. Eight…

Will Black Lives Matter affect the Chicago mayoral race?

By Michelle Shephard, CNN

With the Chicago mayoral election on the horizon, law and order has become a top campaign issue, according to a report by the nonprofit news organization The Marshall Project.

Eight of the 11 Democratic mayoral candidates have spoken out against state and local efforts to bolster the Black Lives Matter movement — including by forbidding the city’s police department from making arrest warrants for defendants who post bail, the report said.

Two of the Democratic candidates also have spoken out against the funds spent to buy Black Lives Matter T-shirts and buttons.

“The candidates do not universally embrace the Black Lives Matter agenda,” the report said. “And Democrats will face difficulties in contrast with their conservative Republican counterparts on topics such as judicial nominations and gun control.”

Telling guns for Chicago police

Several mayoral candidates have spoken about their past views on guns, the report said.

Ending a 1997 ban on the sale of assault weapons in Chicago would be a divisive issue in the campaign.

The nine Democratic and three Green Party candidates say they favor the repeal of the ban, which would allow Chicago to recognize exceptions under state law.

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