Chicago police planning anonymous tip line

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At a news conference over the weekend, announcing charges for two separate murders, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the department is working on setting up an anonymous tip line.

McCarthy and Chicago police have long stressed the necessity of community involvement, especially in solving gang-related gun shootings.

A tip is what led to the arrest of Larry Luellen Jr., the man accused of killing 18-year old France Colon on Feb. 15, as she left a store in the 1100 block of North Pulaski. Police say Luellen was shooting at someone else in a drug dispute, but mistakenly hit Colon in the back as she tried to run away.

Such tip lines have helped lead to arrests in other metropolitan areas across the country. McCarthy had no details to reveal about the tip line, other than to say they are working on it and would like to have in operation as soon as possible.

In addition to the anonymous tip line, police will also offer a reward system, as an added incentive for information.

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