Chicago’s Camera Network Helped Nail Alleged Smollett Ruse

Police tapped into Chicago’s vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners’ doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who claimed they were paid by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him, the latest example of the city’s high-tech approach to public safety.

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Increased Surveillance, Stiffer Penalties at Heart of Wildlife Trafficking Fight

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday the $90 million the United States recently committed  combat wildlife trafficking will pay for mutli-pronged program that includes increased surveillance at poaching hotspots and stiffer criminal penalties for those caught trafficking endangered and protected species.

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ACLU, Memphis Police Trial Reveals Public Surveillance

The stakes couldn’t be higher for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and the City of Memphis. On Monday, lawyers for the two sides began what is expected to be a four-day bench trial over whether the city violated a 1978 consent decree promising that it would not collect political intelligence on its citizens.

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