Chicago police launch new crackdown on guns


Hand guns in a bin during Chicago Police Department gun turn-in event at Uptown Baptist Church November 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is launching a new mission to crackdown on guns.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson and Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the "GunStat Initiative" during a news conference Thursday morning.

The uniform database will help different authorities share information.

Chicago police will pinpoint the top 10 gun offenders in each district, then they will follow them from the time they are arrested, up until they are released back into society.

Johnson said it will give law enforcement a better understanding on how to hold people accountable for gun offenses. He also said it's been successful in other cities.


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