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A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to employ a new tactic in the fight against crime and violence: sue gang members in civil court. But the plan is proving controversial.

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The city’s Inspector General’s office reports that alerts by the gunshot detection technology system ShotSpotter used by the Chicago Police Department ‘rarely’ lead to evidence of a gun crime.

According to a new report from the city’s inspector general, alerts by the gunshot detection system ShotSpotter used by the Chicago Police Department “rarely” lead to evidence of a gun crime. 

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(WTTW News)

A new study by Northwestern University’s MacArthur Justice Center found that 86% of ShotSpotter alerts resulted in no report of any crime, leading to questions of the gunfire detection system’s value in violence reduction.