Chicagoans denounce 'bait truck' operation with Norfolk Southern

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CHICAGO — Chicagoans and the American Civil Liberties Union are criticizing Norfolk Southern and Chicago police for using a "bait truck" to lure would-be criminals into breaking into a parked vehicle.

The Chicago Tribune reports that police parked an unmarked truck with Nike shoes inside in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's south side. Police waited nearby.

The Tribune cites a railroad representative saying that three individuals were arrested and charged during the bait truck operation. The representative defended the bait truck saying police use similar tactics often to catch criminals. Norfolk Southern has experienced losses from its nearby intermodal yard just east of the Englewood neighborhood near the University of Chicago due to thefts and burglaries.

Criticism for the effort comes the week after Chicago neighborhoods experienced an upsurge in violence and dozens of shootings.

"The Chicago Police Department admits that it can't solve murders and violent crimes because communities of color don't trust the Chicago police," Karen Sheley, the ACLU of Illinois police practices project director tells the Tribune. "These stunts won't help."

One mayoral candidate has come out against the bait truck practice as has the chairperson of the Chicago City Council's Black Caucus.

Norfolk Southern did not respond to a Trains News Wire request for comment.

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