Chicago Cops Use Flood-the-Zone Strategy Against Murder

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As part of a year-long series of reports on the Windy City's trend-bucking high homicide rate, the Chicago Tribune reports that police are using a flood-the-zone strategy that appears to be making a difference. On a recent Friday night, for example, 50 squad cars roared into two neighborhoods experiencing street gang violence. Cops patted down anyone suspicious, pulled over cars for minor infractions, and illuminated block after block with squad car lights--intimidating gangs and smothering crime. Since June 2003, these officers, members of the Targeted Response Unit, have gone from neighborhood to neighborhood . . .

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