Chicago Considering Cheaper Alternative To It’s ShotSpotter Gunshot Detection System

ShotSpotter Gunshot Detection Technology Has Become A Crucial Police Tool In Chicago, But Is It Worth The $33 Million The City Is Paying?

At $6.99 a slice 33 $Million buys a lot of the ubiquitous Chicago-style pizza

CBS2-CHICAGO–CBS 2 has dug into Chicago’s contract with ShotSpotter – a high-tech gunshot detection system that can alert police of potential gunfire in seconds.

With accusations that it doesn’t work, and that it targets certain communities, attorneys with the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University on Monday filed paperwork asking a Cook County judge to examine how trustworthy the system is for court cases.

The Chicago Police Department is the company’s largest client, and the city’s $33 million contract is due for renewal this summer. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey is asking, is it worth the price?

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What’s the chance that Chicago will get any safer after these comments from the Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, and her cohorts?  Maybe not so much.  The Chicago Tribune reports, “Chicago’s police union is ‘the sworn enemy of black people,’ Rep. Bobby Rush says after protest of Jussie Smollett case.

After a week of heated protests and calls for her resignation, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and African-American leaders condemned Chicago’s police union and defended how the prosecutor’s office addressed an actor’s alleged hate crime hoax.

Foxx vowed to remain at her post during a Saturday news conference, despite intense controversy sparked in March when her office dropped a 16-count indictment that accused television actor Jussie Smollett of orchestrating a racist and homophobic attack on himself to advance his career.

 

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