If you want to catch a criminal, you need the right bait.
Via Chicago Sun Times:
The Chicago Police Department and Norfolk Southern Railroad are under fire after videos of a sting operation in which so-called “bait trucks” were parked in Englewood in an attempt to nab would-be thieves went viral on Wednesday.
In the videos, reportedly filmed last Thursday and Friday, activists and community residents approach unmanned and unmarked semitrucks to call out what they say is an attempt to entrap poor residents. The residents say the trucks were stocked with Nikes and left unlocked.
Several officers, including many uniformed Chicago police officers, can be seen gathering around the trucks.
“It’s a set up, man. This is how they do us,” one man is heard saying in the video shot on Thursday by Englewood activist Charles Mckenzie near a basketball court on 59th Street and Carpenter Avenue. “They some dirty [expletive].”
Later in the video, an officer is heard telling the crowd that if “no one touches [the truck], no one gets locked up.”