Crime Lab Chicago Tries High-Tech Approach to Curb Violence

Wall Street Journal / May 12, 2017
By Shibani Mahtani

In a stuffy room crammed with computer screens, a group of police officers monitored high-tech tools that could hold the key to calming surging crime in this city's most violent neighborhoods.

One one screen, they watched a live feed from a surveillance camera of a drug deal happening on a nearby street corner. "We're building a case," one officer said.

With a few clicks, they can pull up mug shots of known gang members to try to identify the dealers, or run a check on the license plates from nearby cars.

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12 May 2017