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Police Want to Arrest You ... Before You Commit a Crime

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM
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Imagine that you're sitting at home eating breakfast, admiring your neighbor's new car parked just a couple of hundred feet from your kitchen window.

Suddenly, your door is kicked in and your windows shattered as 

armed and armored police barge in, hold you at gunpoint and haul you off to jail for the crime of contemplating grand theft auto. Not committing it, just contemplating it.

Sound far-fetched?

It's not if the Chicago police and other law enforcement agencies have their way. Police across the country have been working on developing a computer system that will predict crimes before they happen.

Los Angeles already uses a program that crunches crime statistics and determines where extra patrol cars should be assigned. But word on the street, according to the Daily Caller, is that Chicago PD is the closest to a "Minority Report"-style system.

The Chicago program not only compiles statistics, but it churns out lists of people it considers likely to commit crimes. CPD Commander Jonathan Lewin said the program one day will be national.

"This will inform police departments around the country and around the world on how best to utilize predictive policing to solve problems. This is about saving lives," Lewin said.

It always is, when someone wants to build a higher fence.

Not only will the computer track crime "hot spots," but it will build a database of the 400 most dangerous people in town and track their relations with other criminals, as well as identifying potential victims.

The real question is how such a database will be used. It has obvious potential for use as a tool against political "enemies" of anyone who has the keys to the computer lab, not to mention personal vendettas and full-scale pogroms.

Law enforcement can still turn a blind eye to laws it doesn't care to enforce, such as federal drug laws.

Such is the case with Colorado, now that it's legalized marijuana, a drug that remains banned at the federal level. Because pot growers and sellers are free to ply their trade in Colorado, now the state has become a hub for distributing the drug illegally across the country, according to a report on CBS.

Competition among pot dealers in Colorado has apparently led to better quality marijuana, which people are now mailing to friends, family and customers.

Despite all the fancy predictive computer systems, law enforcement apparently didn't see that one coming. Perhaps it was too obvious, or perhaps enforcement of laws will remain selective no matter what equipment the cops have access to.

Given the political proclivities of some major cities, and of the federal government, how long will it be before those "pre-crime" computers find there's something dangerous about political conservatives or other enemies of the state that requires a full-scale roundup?

For your own safety, of course.


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Those that can do, do. Those that can't do, teach ~ or report about it.
by on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM
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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Feb. 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM
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This reminds me of that movie with Tom Cruise...scary.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM
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Wasn't that Minority Report?

I was under the impression that free thought was legal. With these clowns, our kids won't be able to think, "If I do that, my mom is going to kill me!" without the police arresting us for premeditated murder.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

This reminds me of that movie with Tom Cruise...scary.


Proud2baMuslim
by Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM
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I wonder if that will apply in Detroit where the police might show up 24 hours after the fact if they show up at all because they have been claiming their police force is strapped for the last 20 years.

Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Feb. 21, 2014 at 12:29 AM
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I'm going to live in my own little world where I believe this will never happen because the Constitution will protect me.

yep, I am.  

Clairwil
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2014 at 6:11 AM


Quoting Billiejeens:

Imagine that you're sitting at home eating breakfast, admiring your neighbor's new car parked just a couple of hundred feet from your kitchen window.

Suddenly, your door is kicked in and your windows shattered as 

armed and armored police barge in, hold you at gunpoint and haul you off to jail for the crime of contemplating grand theft auto. Not committing it, just contemplating it.

Bull.

There's a vast difference between predicting a crime is likely to happen (so you can keep a close eye on things), and having a legal power to prosecute and sentence someone without evidence that they actually intend to commit the crime. 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Feb. 21, 2014 at 7:10 AM

BUMP!

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