Social Media, Liquor-Store Monitoring Part of Chicago’s Antigang Plan


Chicago police are turning to social media and other alternative methods to try to prevent new gangland murders, after criminal gangs engaged in a four-day killing spree over Memorial Day weekend, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Ten people were killed and 43 were shot in Chicago between Friday and late Monday. Last year, four people were killed in the city over the same weekend. Seventy percent of the shootings this year are gang-related, involving some of the 600 known gang factions, officials say.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday unveiled several initiatives designed to monitor gang activity and to target businesses, such as liquor and convenience stores, known to be locales that are prone to street violence. Some of the new methods had launched in April; since then, the city has identified 30 businesses as problematic and is fast-tracking them with disciplinary actions that could lead to license revocation. “We've got to get ourselves onto proactive footing,” Emanuel said, singling out liquor stores. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Chicago's approach to gangs involves “gang audits,” a system the city’s 23 police districts use to monitor gang activity and to accumulate data about gangs. The monitoring includes tracking known gang members via Twitter and Facebook.

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