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CHICAGO (WLS) -- An Arab American group in Chicago is calling on law enforcement agencies to stop a practice that encourages people to report suspicious behavior to police.

The Arab American Action Network released a new study they said shows their community is being unfairly targeted by Suspicious Activity Reports or SARs.



It was created as a tool for law enforcement agencies across the country following September 11t to identify threats.

"In this report we not only explain the problem, but we offer solutions," said Hatem Abudayyeh, Arab American Action Network Executive Director.

In partnership with the Policing in Chicago Research Group at UIC, they looked into more than 200 Suspicious Activity Reports

created by the Illinois State Police and the Chicago Police Department between 2016 and 2020.

And they found that more than half of the reports that included markers of racial identity, listed the suspects as Middle Eastern, Muslim or "olive skinned," and even more were identified as people of color.

"Our findings show clearly what we have known for so long that local and state and federal law enforcement is engaged in targeted racial profiling against the Arab and Muslim communities in the Chicagoland area," said Muhammad Sankari, Arab American Action Network Lead Organizer.

The report also found some people were targeted for everyday activities, including for talking with their school counselor or even taking pictures downtown.

"People submitted SARs after observing people of color, especially people identified as Arab American or Muslims, taking photographs of churches, trains, fire stations, state capitol, the Art Institute," said Sangi Ravichandran, who is part of the Policing in Chicago Research Group.

The Illinois State Police says it only accepts suspicious activity reports from law enforcement and vetted public safety partners only.

The Chicago Police Department hasn't responded yet to ABC7's request for comment.

The FBI's Chicago office released a statement saying in part "As the primary federal agency responsible for investigating civil rights, the FBI is dedicated to working hand-in-hand with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to investigate and prevent civil rights offenses."

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It'll take an eagle-eyed player to spot the 10 differences between these two images - do you think you have what it takes?

Online betting platform PlayOJO has put together this spot the difference puzzle to keep you busy this summer. 

Details in these images of trains have been tweaked ever so slightly. 

Only three per cent of players have been able to find all the tweaks in less than a minute.

Try your hand at the brainteaser below, and let us know how you did in the comments. 

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Online betting platform Playojo has put together this seek-and-find puzzle to keep you busy this summer. Can you spot the 10 differences between this picture and the one below? 

Small and big details have been changed in this train station scene. Can you find all of them? Let us know in the comments

10 details have been changed between the two images. Pay attention to what's happening around the train. 

Need a little help? Scroll down to read some clues that will help you focus your search!

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Have you checked that all the luggage in the two pictures stays the same? Or have some been swapped?

If you're still struggle to find all 10, pay closer attention to the background, as well as the individual people in the picture. 

Here are the 10 differences circled. Had you found all of them? let us know how you did in the comments 

Solved it and want to keep playing? Take a look at our selection of brainteasers below! 

These three optical illusions will put your deciphering skills to the test. 

The puzzles, created by British online betting platform Jackpot Joy, challenge you to pick out the number hiding in each of these mind-bending designs. 

Each of the pictures below are hiding a number in plain sight. You'll need patience - and maybe a magnifying glass - in order to decipher this fiendish brainteaser. 

Ready? Try your luck with the illusions below then scroll down for the solution - and more puzzles. 

British online betting platform Jackpot Joy have put together four illustrations sure to leave players scratching their heads. Can you find the number in this image?

Each of the pictures below are hiding a number in plain sight. The same number can be found on each of them, but can you make out which it is?

What number is hiding in this colourful mosaic? Need a clue? you're looking for an even number 

Need a little help? The same number can be found on each of them, but can you make out which it is? 

Another? Clue number two: You're looking for an even number. 

Giving up? Scroll down to see the solution and let us know if you were successful in the comments.  

The number 20 highlighted here was outlined behind the main design of the yellow and blue optical illusion 

Did you guess right? '20' was also the number hidden in this white and blue cyclic brainteaser 

This time around, the number twenty could be found in green at the bottom of this colourful  mosaic

He's known for his viral seek-and-find puzzles that have become an internet sensation - and now cartoonist Dudolf is delighting fans with yet another adorable illustration. 

The Hungarian artist Gergely Dudas, better known as Dudolf, recently released a new brainteaser that challenges fans to find the four tiny crabs hiding among a group of lobsters. 

His vibrant puzzle features a closely packed collection of the animals sitting on a beach - and to throw participants off, the creatures are sketched in all the same brightly-coloured red.

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The Hungarian artist Gergely Dudas, better known as Dudolf , recently released a new brainteaser that challenges fans to find the four tiny crabs hiding among a group of lobsters

Those taking on the challenge will need to be eagle-eyed to spot such tiny creatures who are doing their best to stay hidden. 

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But if you've been left scratching your head and need a bit of help solving the puzzle, here's a clue. 

Try looking towards the top left, then top right, plus the centre and bottom centre of the picture for the four crabs.

The creatures can be found sitting top left, then top right, plus the centre and bottom centre of the picture

It comes after Dudolf shared a super sweet brainteaser on his website, challenging players to find three coconuts hidden in the group of bears.

Dudolf hasn't made this seek-and-find puzzle easy, with the coconuts and furry animals in the same tones of brown. 

So do you think you can challenge yourself to find the tasty fruit in amongst the furry beasts? 

This tricky seek-and-find puzzle challenges you to spot three coconuts hidden among the fluffy bears

This is a tricky one for even the most eagled eyed of problem solvers.

To make it even more challenging some of Dudolf's are pandas and polar bears- while others have adorable clothing accessories including a bow tie and hat. 

If you're really struggling, why not look around some of the polar bears or pandas in the image?

Still can't find them? Scroll down for the answer. 

Did you manage to find the coconuts in this image? Dudolf hasn't made this seek-and-find puzzle easy, with the fruit and furry animals in the same brown with a similar pattern

Elsewhere, can you sea the turtle? You'll need your awareness about you for this under-the-water seek-and-find challenge. 

Sustainable merch platform Teemill has put together this poignant puzzle to highlight the fashion industry's responsibility for 20 per cent of industrial water pollution. 

You might be able to spot the turtle now but at the current rate of decline, sea creatures like the critically endangered Eastern Pacific leatherback turtle will vanish within 60 years. 

The time to beat is 31 seconds.

Highlighting the fashion industry’s responsibility for 20% of industrial water pollution, sustainable merch platform Teemill has put together this poignant puzzle

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As well as the usual sea life suspects, you’ll notice plastic bottles, bags and cutlery scattered across the image.  

That’s because washing clothes releases the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles of microplastics every year, with each tiny fibre small enough to be absorbed by plankton and go upwards into our food chains. 

 If you're struggling try looking behind the Jellyfish's' tentacles. 

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Sharp observation skills are also essential when you're driving, but you'll also need them to solve this tricky brainteaser. 

A seek-and-find challenge from car finance platform CarFinance 247 is asking puzzlers to spot the car that’s not using indicators. 

To make this tough for even the most eagled-eyed problem solvers, there are a total of six lanes, three going North and three going South. 

Car finance platform CarFinance 247 has shared a new puzzle to test your observation skills and knowledge of the highway code. This seek-and-find challenge will take your for spin as it teaches you the perils of lazy driving - drivers slipping into bad habits of not using their indicators

The cars are different sizes, some five-door, others three, and a variety of colours. 

Try not to be distracted by the lines on the road or the other details designed to throw you off. You're looking for the car that has a yellow light flashing.

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Dudolf hasn't made this seek-and-find puzzle easy, with the corn and pineapples in the same yellow with a similar pattern.

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Hungarian cartoonist Gergely Dudas, better known as Dudolf has shared a super sweet brainteaser asking you to find four corn husks hidden among the pineapples

This is a tricky one for even the most eagled eyed of problem solvers.

To make it even more challenging Dudolf's pineapples are all different shapes and sizes.

There are also a number of adorable mice scurrying in the scene to distract the eye.  

If you are struggling try looking for smaller crosses and points without leaves overlapping pineapples.

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