Chicago Fugitive Unit Zeroes in on “Hot People”
With the city enduring a surge in murders this year, Chicago’s police force has decided to go after “hot” suspects. Within the Chicago Police Department is a Fugitive Apprehension Section, whose size doubled to 70 officers in June, charged with apprehending those on the “heat list.”
Who is on the “heat list?” Not just fugitives who have been linked to past homicide suspects, but also victims and those close to victims. The criteria for the list were based on the work of Yale University Sociologist Andrew Papachristos, an expert on Chicago gangs.
Joseph Salemme, commander of the fugitive unit, told the Chicago Sun-Times that “hot people” are those “stopped with a murder victim, or arrested with a murder victim—or victims—in the past two years.”
“Or they were two degrees of separation away from the victim or victims,” Salemme added.
About 165 people have been placed on the heat list so far, with 39 apprehended or located by police.
Chicago’s murder total for this year has already surpassed that of 2011. Overall, its murder rate is 14.5 per 100,000. But in some areas of the city, such as the Harrison District on the West Side, it is as high as 44.5.
To Learn More:
Chicago Police Take Aim at Even Minor Fugitives When They’re on ‘Heat List’ (by Frank Main, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Top Stories
- Unusual News
- Where is the Money Going?
- U.S. and the World
- Appointments and Resignations
- Latest News
- Texas Included State’s Drunk Drivers and Child Support Evaders in Tally of “High-Threat” Immigrant Border Arrests
- For-Profit School Continued Predatory Practices for 17 Years after Whistleblower Gave Evidence to U.S. Government
- New Jersey Senate Passes Bill Requiring State to Forgive Student Loan Debt of Deceased Borrowers
- U.S. Sees Increase in Number of Americans with Bank Account Access
- U.S. Ambassador to Brazil: Who Is P. Michael McKinley?