DEA to Help Chicago Police Pursue “Hot People” To Cut Murder Total


Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy met with federal officials this week to get their help in carrying out his new “hot people” tactic to drive down murders, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. A top mayoral aide said McCarthy didn't ask for more federal resources, but was simply trying to find out how to share the information his department gathers on potential shooters. The aide denied the meeting was scheduled because Mayor Rahm Emanuel was upset that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to Philadelphia to announce 50 federal agents were being sent there to combat gang crime.

McCarthy met with a U.S. Justice Department official from Washington and local leaders of the DEA, FBI, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other agencies. He explained his strategy of studying criminals' social networks to identify likely shooters. The tactic focuses on those “hot people” instead of on crime “hot spots.” Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Chicago, agreed to have agents on a newly created strike force work with the police to investigate “hot people” and build criminal cases to take them off the street, sources said. McCarthy's hot-people tactic stems from work by Andrew Papachristos of Yale University. He looked at murders between 2005 and 2010 on the West Side.

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