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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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Chicago Police can’t find records of cellphone extraction tech it had previously released

In response to a recent public records request, Chicago Police claimed to have no records related to Cellebrite tech used to extract data from cellphones. Which is interesting, considering that CPD had already released that information not even a full two years earlier.

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Five law enforcement agencies that don’t want you looking at their protest records

In trying to learn more about how police respond to demonstrations, MuckRock has been consistently met with exemptions and pushback, often with entire records releases being denied. Let us curate the five worst examples of this we have come across in the last few months.

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Stories FOIA told this week@aol.com

Our weekly series looking at the stories public records made possible, now with a picture of the Secretary of the Interior riding to work on a horse.

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Were police snooping on Women’s March protesters’ cellphones? Too many departments won’t say

Attend any of the protests over inauguration weekend? Wondering if your phone was surveilled doing so? Unfortunately, with law enforcement’s continued silence about cell site simulators use, it’s almost impossible to know.

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“Obcene Coverage” 2016 World Series FCC Complaints

A mixed bag of FCC complaints regarding the 2016 World Series take aim at cultural appropriation, improper junk bumping, and the indignity of Joe Buck’s continued existence.

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