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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday February 26 2014, @11:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the studies-show-poverty-causes-cancer dept.

Angry Jesus writes:

"The Chicago Police Department is mis-applying epidemiological science (the study of entire populations) to target individuals in a real-life version of Minority Report. They have decided that it is a good idea to put people on a secret list based on a Big Data analysis of their social networks. But don't worry, it isn't racist or abusive because, Science!"

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by JimmyCrackCorn on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:49AM

    by JimmyCrackCorn (1495) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:49AM (#7706)

    How would you deal with known bad people?

    In my experience, the fear of living in a neighborhood that has crime (burglers, gangers, murderers...) raises the stress level for almost any activity. Even mowing the yard, walking to the car, getting the mail can be a possible life ending action. Then, add the fear of the police - everyone seems to believe that in a stressful incidnet that the police may shoot and ask questions later - and those stories tend to stay in your memory when you live with daily fear. Save one experience, I saw the police in the neighborhood when something, usually bad, already happened.

    The police did show up to my door one day. The officer stated that they had received a call from my address from a young child who got cut off the phone call. I did not have phone service. I lived in house for three years. My cell phone had another states area code and different billing address. The officer called on his radio for the "phone number" and the dispatcher relayed a number that only had 6 digits- the officer looked kinda confused and asked for the dispatcher to repeat - same six digits-(that is not a real phone number!).

    The lesson, for me, of dealing with stress from neighborhood and police fear is that there is not a good system for protecting from the 1% of bad people.

    Stay out of the city.

    There will be bad people. Get to a small town where that 1% is actually one or two people, and hopefully not on the police staff.

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