Militarization of Police

http://abc7chicago.com/news/widespread-militarization-of-illinois-police-forces-uncovered-by-i-team/259740/

Thesis: Military equipment is being turned over to local police forces all over Illinois.

Data: Cook County leads the state in military weapons acquisitions, with 1,336 weapons and 1,700 pieces of equipment in law enforcement possession.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/08/30/Davis-Locals-Fear-Police-Militarization-After-Ferguson-and-Demand-Return-of-Armored-Truck

Thesis: Local Law Enforcement agencies are being trusted less and less by communities due to an increase in military like behavior

Data: More than 80% of small town law enforcement agencies have SWAT teams; 90% in larger areas.

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Privacy

http://online.wsj.com/articles/holman-jenkins-big-data-and-chicagos-traffic-cam-scandal-1409353019

Thesis: Chicago’s traffic cameras are beginning to be used for more than traffic regulation, instead monitoring the day to day activity of civilians.

Data: Chicago leads the country in red-light camera operation, generating $500 million in the past 10 years.

http://www.jconline.com/story/news/2014/08/18/police-drones-helpful-tool-come-concerns/14223237/

Thesis: Law enforcement are using drones to investigate crime scenes, crash sites, situations… This raises concerns with public privacy in the future.

Data: The FAA is currently working on regulations for the use of drones in police matters and how the collection of data is used and stored.

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