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Requester's Voice: Lucy Parsons Labs' Freddy Martinez

Requester’s Voice: Lucy Parsons Labs’ Freddy Martinez

In early 2014, hoping to learn more about StingRay cell phone surveillance by the Chicago Police Department, Lucy Parsons Labs started filing a few requests - and began a two-year journey into unveiling a secret, multimillion dollar surveillance program.

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Help track Chicago's surveillance spending

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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