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Videos posted on Facebook and YouTube appear to suggest that police in Chicago parked a so-called “bait truck” filled with Nike Air Force 1s and Christian Louboutin shoes in predominantly black neighborhoods, as reported by Vox.

Local activists claim the truck, which was partly open, was placed to lure would-be thieves to their arrest. People living in the neighborhood allege that police stationed the truck near a basketball court in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and other locations in the city’s southwest.

Charles Mckenzie of crime prevention group God’s Gorillas shot a video that shows residents confronting police officers about the truck. The video was shared on Facebook and made the rounds on Instagram, as well as on World Star Hip-Hop.

Another video, shot by self-styled “crime chaser” Martin G. Johnson, can be viewed below. It is reported to show the truck at a different Englewood location the next day. Again, residents confront the officers for allegedly setting up community members to steal.

Vox reached out to the FBI’s Chicago field office, which told the publication it would not comment for the story. The Chicago Police Department didn’t respond to a request for comment.

For more, check out Vox’s report here.

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