Top cop says 8,000 of­fi­cers will be on city’s streets over hol­i­day week­end

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCH DUDEK, STAFF RE­PORTER mdudek@sun­ | @mitch­dudek

Seek­ing to stem a tide of vi­o­lence that’s tra­di­tion­ally ac­com­pa­nied long hol­i­day week­ends over the sum­mer in Chicago, Po­lice Supt. David Brown on Fri­day an­nounced a num­ber of pre­ven­tive mea­sures.

Brown can­celed days off for his of­fi­cers and ex­tended their shifts to 12 hours in or­der to put about 8,000 of­fi­cers on the street for an “all-hands-on-deck ap­proach,” he said at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day held on the South Side.

“I en­cour­age ev­ery­one, ev­ery­one, to re­lax this week­end and have a com­fort­able, safe La­bor Day,” Brown said. “Mean­while, the Chicago PD will be pro­tect­ing you while you en­joy the hol­i­day week­end.”

Brown said there will be a “very, very strong de­ploy­ment” of of­fi­cers around re­tail cor­ri­dors through­out the city, and city ve­hi­cles will be on standby to cre­ate bar­ri­ers to pro­tect against the sort of car­a­vans of loot­ers that caused de­struc­tion on the Mag­nif­i­cent Mile in the early morn­ing hours of Aug. 10.

“Right now we don’t have any in­tel­li­gence that leads us to be­lieve there’s any planned loot­ing or any type of civil un­rest be­ing planned,” Brown said.

“We’re also mon­i­tor­ing open-source so­cial me­dia for any signs of any­one try­ing to en­cour­age peo­ple to loot. It’s like read­ing the pa­per, so­cial me­dia is not an in­va­sive thing, there’s no ex­pec­ta­tion of pri­vacy on open-source me­dia. It’s no dif­fer­ent than read­ing the pa­per or watch­ing the news to see if there are any clues of any­one try­ing to or­ga­nize any kind of loot­ing through­out our city any­where,” he said.

He said the city does not plan to raise the bridges down­town this week­end, a mea­sure de­ployed last month to pre­vent loot­ing.

Though shoot­ings were down slightly dur­ing Au­gust, the num­ber of mur­ders in Chicago is up about 50% this year com­pared to last year. On Tues­day, the Chicago Sun-Times re­ported Chicago had seen 505 mur­ders through Aug. 30, com­pared with 333 mur­ders dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2019, ac­cord­ing to CPD statis­tics.

The to­tal num­ber of mur­ders thus far in 2020 is nearly the same as all of last year.

Over La­bor Day week­end in 2019, 43 peo­ple were shot, eight fa­tally.

Supt. David Brown

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