WBEZ | Boston bombing http://www.wbez.org/tags/boston-bombing Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Use of surveillance in Boston bombing case raises questions about cameras in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/use-surveillance-boston-bombing-case-raises-questions-about-cameras-chicago-106787 <p><p>Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in his hospital room Monday afternoon.</p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/surveillance_130422_ko.jpg" style="float: left;" title="Investigators inspect the roof of the Lord &amp; Taylor store where a surveillance camera is placed, center, and an official said is crucial in the investigation of the explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Boston. Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy, who said Wednesday he was briefed by Boston police, said investigators saw the image on surveillance footage they got from the department store near the finish line, and matched the findings with witness descriptions of someone leaving the scene. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)" />The surviving suspect in the Boston marathon bombing was captured Friday, just one day after the FBI released video images of the Tsarnaev brothers to the public.</p><p dir="ltr">The role of cameras in the case sparked a debate weighing privacy against public safety.</p><p dir="ltr">Cameras played a critical role in piecing together what happened in Boston exactly one week ago.</p><p dir="ltr">Investigators poured over photos and videos from onlookers and surveillance footage before ultimately releasing images of the two suspects. When the FBI first released the images, special agent in charge Richard DesLauriers emphasized the public&rsquo;s important role in this investigation and others like it.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;For more than 100 years, the FBI has relied upon the public to be its eyes and ears. With the media&rsquo;s help, in an instant, these images will be delivered directly into the hands of millions around the world,&rdquo; DesLauriers explained.</p><p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said last week the city continues to add cameras for security reasons.</p><p dir="ltr">The ACLU <a href="http://www.aclu-il.org/chicagos-video-surveillance-camera-system-growing-and-unregulated/">reported</a> that Chicago already has the largest urban network of public and private surveillance cameras--more than 10,000.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;They [cameras] serve an important function, for the city in providing the type of safety, on a day-to-day basis, not just for big events like a marathon but day-to-day,&rdquo; Emanuel noted last week.</p><p dir="ltr">But while the mayor was quick to tout the upside of surveillance, others were just as fast to voice their concerns. And not just as it relates to privacy.</p><p dir="ltr">Sharon Franklin is senior counsel for the <a href="http://www.constitutionproject.org/">Constitution Project,</a> a D.C.-based watchdog group.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to note the role of surveillance here was not helpful in preventing this attack. The role of the &nbsp;surveillance footage was in identifying the suspects after the event and in helping to track that down,&rdquo; Franklin said.</p><p dir="ltr">The project developed <a href="http://www.constitutionproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/54.pdf">guidelines</a> for cities installing video surveillance systems.</p><p dir="ltr">Among the suggestions --that tape not relevant to the criminal investigations be purged.</p><p dir="ltr">Franklin said she doesn&rsquo;t want the government building a database of innocent people who happen to be present at the scene of a crime.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;In this case, we don&rsquo;t want them starting criminal or terrorist files on all sorts of people who were simply innocently watching the marathon,&rdquo; Franklin explained.</p><p><em>Katie O&rsquo;Brien is a WBEZ reporter and producer. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/katieobez">@katieobez.</a></em></p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/use-surveillance-boston-bombing-case-raises-questions-about-cameras-chicago-106787 Social media brings new angles to Boston bombing story http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-04/social-media-brings-new-angles-boston-bombing-story-106747 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/BFctFaDCEAEnuYh%5B1%5D.jpg" title="A photo from the Twitter account @J_tsar, which has been linked to one of the bombing suspects." /></div><p dir="ltr">Since the bombs went off on Monday at the Boston Marathon, people around the world have been anxiously awaiting news in the case. Wednesday saw a bizarre cycle of reports and retractions about the identity and possible apprehension of suspects that left many frustrated with mainstream cable news networks. Meanwhile, many members of the massive message board Reddit used online tools to conduct their own manhunt.</p><p dir="ltr">After authorities released photos of two suspects Thursday afternoon, things progressed rapidly leading to a car-jacking and a shoot-out and the eventual death of one of the suspects. With suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev still on the loose, an eager public was left to pursue other angles, often aided by online resources. Here are some of the most compelling narratives that we&rsquo;re following at WBEZ (<em>NOTE: We are reporting on these as activities, their claims have not been verified by WBEZ</em>).</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Verifying the suspect&rsquo;s social media accounts</strong>: NPR&rsquo;s Andy Carvin <a href="http://https://twitter.com/acarvin/status/325292467656212481" target="_blank">worked vigorously to link a Twitter account</a> to Tsarnaev and sifted through <a href="https://twitter.com/acarvin/status/325313446847586304" target="_blank">speculation based on that account&rsquo;s tweets</a> and profile image. Others sifted through a profile on <a href="http://vk.com/id160300242">VKontakte</a>, a popular social network with Russian-speakers.</p><p><strong>Police scanner monitoring</strong>: As the dramatic scene unfolded in the wee hours of Friday morning, there weren&rsquo;t many official channels of information available. There were, however, online streams of the Boston police scanner and plenty of eager Twitter users posting what they heard on them. Some longtime journalists were <a href="https://twitter.com/MickiMaynard/status/325207435402964992" target="_blank">chagrined over disseminating unverified information</a>, but participants in Reddit&rsquo;s ad-hoc detective force <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/1codv1/live_boston_update_thread_unofficial_4/" target="_blank">transcribed everything they heard for hours</a>. Boston Police went on <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSNews/statuses/325239208413384706" target="_blank">to ask</a> social media users not to post information they heard on scanners.</p><p><strong>The effect of smartphone cameras</strong>: For residents in Watertown who woke to gunfire, Instagram was a popular outlet. <a href="http://storify.com/gteresa/what-it-looked-like-from-inside-the-lockdown" target="_blank">Many posted surreal photos of SWAT teams and bullet holes in their residential neighborhood</a>. Another chilling side-effect of the manhunt is that streets in the Boston area eerily empty today. <a href="http://storify.com/gteresa/this-is-not-what-boston-cambridge-rush-hour-usuall" target="_blank">NPR is collecting photos of that rare scene as well</a>.</p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-04/social-media-brings-new-angles-boston-bombing-story-106747