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Man claims defamation after his face, name put in 2012 ‘Gang Book’

Edward Arroyo

Edward Arroyo

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Updated: July 26, 2012 7:32AM

A man is suing the Chicago Crime Commission for defamation after his picture and name were printed in the organization’s 2012 Gang Book.

Edward Arroyo claims he is not a member of a gang and has never been affiliated with one, though the book lists him as the leader of the Spanish Gangster Disciples based out of Roselle, according to the suit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The book claims the Spanish Gangster Disciples are mainly involved in “drug trafficking, armed robbery, auto theft and assault”, according to the suit, and Arroyo’s picture, name and birth date are listed.

Arroyo says his inclusion in the book is “false and defamatory,” according to the suit, and it has damaged Arroyo’s reputation.

The six-count suit claims defamation against the Chicago Crime Commission and commission leader J.R. Davis. It seeks more than $200,000 in damages and an injunction against the book’s publication.

John Pastuovic, a spokesman for the Chicago Crime Commission, said information in the Gang Book is based off of information provided by law-enforcement authorities, who are cited within the book.

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