City in­ves­ti­gat­ing vi­ral video of peo­ple atop a raised bridge

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - Manny Ramos

A video show­ing a group of peo­ple “chill­ing” atop a raised bridge over the Chicago River has gone vi­ral with claims the city lifted the bridge while they were walk­ing across.

City of­fi­cials deny those claims out­right and be­lieve the six peo­ple scaled the Franklin-Or­leans Street bridge after it was raised.

The post shows a man record­ing video at some point dur­ing the evening, their feet dan­gling as they laugh with a pic­turesque view of the city. More than 100 feet be­low them is the Chicago River.

Michael Claf­fey, spokesman for the Chicago Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, said the depart­ment is aware of the video that showed the group en­gag­ing in “ex­tremely reck­less and po­ten­tially deadly be­hav­ior.”

Down­town bridges are con­trolled by the Chicago Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion. The agency didn’t an­swer ques­tions about how a group of peo­ple could climb a bridge with­out be­ing no­ticed by city of­fi­cials or if raised bridges are mon­i­tored at all times.

Still, Claf­fey said, the agency is work­ing with the Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment to hold these in­di­vid­u­als “ac­count­able for tres­pass­ing.”

CPD de­clined to com­ment about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Chicago raised most bridges along the river this spring and sum­mer as a means of pro­tect­ing the down­town dur­ing civil un­rest.

The city lifted its re­stric­tion to Loop bridges ear­lier this week.

The orig­i­nal poster of the video and one of his com­pa­tri­ots changed their Face­book pro­file photo, which shows them ei­ther scal­ing or climb­ing down from the bridge. Nei­ther re­sponded to re­quests for com­ment.

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