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Opening the Chicago Surveillance Fund

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is using its Narcotics asset forfeiture funds to purchase controversial surveillance equipment. Help Lucy Parsons Labs and MuckRock conduct an independent audit of this fund to find out how this forfeiture money is being spent. We need to find out what new surveillance technologies are being used in Chicago - one of the most heavily surveilled cities in the United States.

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FOIA Genius: A public records breakdown of Killer Mike’s “Reagan”

Using the annotation tool provided by the folks at Genius, MuckRock’s added a few of our own notes to Killer Mike’s 2012 lyrical takedown of the prison-industrial complex, “Reagan.”

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Stories FOIA told this week goes rogue

Read our weekly series looking at the stories public records made possible before the inevitable gag order comes down.

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Help track Chicago’s surveillance spending

Over the years, we’ve looked at how asset forfeiture programs can be used as major revenue streams for law enforcement, detailing how agencies work around restrictions meant to safeguard due process and finding surprising big ticket items that were seized. Now, working with Lucy Parsons Labs, we’re looking at how one city has used asset forfeiture to fund a surge in domestic surveillance spending.

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Six-figure sums and loose paper trails in DEA’s high value seized asset ledgers

If the money or property seized by the DEA is particularly valuable, it is recorded in a High Value Seized or Recovered Monies (HVSRM) ledger. Muckrock recently obtained copies of these ledgers for the New York, Los Angeles, New England, Miami, and Houston division offices going back as far as 2011 in some cases.

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The LASD bought a five million dollar helicopter with seized assets last year

What started as an attempt to re-create a Pulitzer-winning investigation into racial bias and asset forfeiture became a crash course in just how differently agencies can do the same thing,

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