As of February 2015, the city of Chicago owes over $120,000 to its lawyers in the city’s attempt to defend itself against two stingray-related lawsuits. The discovery comes from new public records Ars has obtained.
Last year, a local activist named Freddy Martinez made a request under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), asking the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to provide “any records pertaining to the purchase or reception of any IMSI catchers, commonly known as Stingrays (a trademark of Harris Corporation).” When the agency was not forthcoming, he eventually filed a lawsuit.
Later, he filed a second lawsuit asking for:
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