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Sneed exclusive: Social media factors into crime-fighting plan

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times
by Michael Sneed

 

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx wants to talk with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Chicago crime. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has a wish list to fight crime in Chicago.

And deciphering the scourge side of social media is on the list.

Sneed is told Foxx sent the list via a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions late last week in hopes of snagging Trump regime resources to combat the violence crippling “the Chicago region.”

Calling out “a city plagued by the worst gun violence in 20 years and two of the city’s police districts,” Foxx cited the Trump administration’s interest in prioritizing efforts to address violent crime, outlined key funding areas to keep “our communities safe,” and singled out the explosive growth of social media “and its role in crime” by requesting tech support and social media analysts.

She underscored the need for greater tools to combat crimes committed on social media by citing the recent case of an 18-year-old disabled man and the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that were streamed on Facebook Live.

She also requested a personal powwow with Sessions.

Among some of Foxx’s additional requests:

1. The building of an Arrest Alert system allowing assistant state’s attorneys to be informed when defendants in priority targeted cases are arrested for unrelated offenses — so cases can be combined and make prosecution more effective.

2. Automating a jailhouse call review system so the state’s attorney’s office and the Cook County sheriff’s office can efficiently share a database and streamline what is now a cumbersome system.

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