It’s been national news for some time now that Chicago has been plagued by shootings and weapon related murders. But recently, the Chicago Police and the Mayor’s office revealed that they have employed new technology to combat gun violence in some of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods.
“Shotspotter” gunshot detection technology has been installed in various locations in several high crime areas in Englewood and in the Harrison District. The technology is being billed as “predictive” and “analytical” and it is supposed to help police predict, combat and stop violent crime. Police in these districts will be using “Strategic Decision Support Centers” which will employ technology to combine real time information with analytical support from the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab Analysts.
The fatal Chicago Police shooting of Laquan McDonald made national headlines after he was shot 16 times while walking down the street with a knife. When police squad car video and audio was released, public outrage reached a boiling point in Chicago. Some took to the streets to protest, but for the most part, the expressions of anger were non-violent with just a few exceptions. One such exception was Jabari Dean of Chicago, who was charged and arrested for transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. Such a crime carries up to five years in prison as a maximum sentence. Read the rest »
The number is staggering: 6,521.
That is how many illegal guns were removed from Chicago streets in 2015. Taking that number a step further, it means 20 guns a day were confiscated. Or, to put it in a far more frightening context, one gun every 74 minutes was taken off the street. Read the rest »
It is a simple equation – if you commit a crime with a gun, you may be looking at some serious jail time. Depending on the type of crime you commit and the level of violence involved, the charges could compound upon one another. Prosecutors generally waste no time in seeking the harshest punishment available. But, with a strong defense you could avoid the worst and get your life back on track. Read the rest »