Lightfoot: Police Ready For July 4th Weekend

Andy Dahn
July 01, 2019 - 7:06 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With the Fourth of July just days away and a violent Memorial Day weekend in the rear view mirror, city officials have a plan to keep celebrations safe.

Speaking to reporters Monday afternoon, Mayor Lightfoot said the Chicago Police Department has a strategy for dealing with large gatherings.

"Whether they're planned or spontaneous, those are the areas that we have particular emphasis on," Lightfoot said. "We recognize that there's going to be substantial crowds coming downtown and along the lakefront and making sure we have resources in those areas but not neglecting other areas."

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said that protocol is already in place, but it's up to neighbors and witnesses to give police a helping hand.

"Social media is not our friend when it comes to this type of thing," he said. "You could start off with a group of five people, and in a half hour, have 200 over there. It's always a challenge to keep monitoring those issues and keep enough resources available."

The mayor was asked if, similar to Memorial Day weekend, all Chicago Police officers will be on duty.

"There's going to be a significant amount of resources available, yes,” she replied.