Police Can Now Track Bullet Casings Like Fingerprints (HBO)

Last week the Trump administration announced that additional ATF officers were being sent to Chicago to help tackle the city’s gun violence problem. Those agents are making use of a new high-tech tool – a ballistic testing van linked to the ATF’s interstate database “Integration Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) – on loan to the city for the summer. According to Chicago Tribune, there have been 1924 shootings in Chicago this year. Meanwhile, Cincinnati police have been leading the way using the NIBIN tool – linking bullet casings found at multiple crime scenes to one gun, and one criminal. The tool could help keep shooters off the streets. Vice News looked at the challenges in implementing it.

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