Police Work To Curtail Shootings, Tame Crowds Over Memorial Day Weekend

Steve Miller
May 28, 2018 - 5:44 pm
Deputy Chief of Area North Al Nagode

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police this Memorial Day weekend worked to clamp down on a spike in shootings and control the large crowds at Downtown beaches, department brass said Monday.

Almost 30 people have been shot during this Memorial Day holiday weekend across the city of Chicago. On the lakefront, police say officers have met the challenge of crowds congregating on this very hot unofficial beginning of summer.

"This weekend, historically, is challenging for us,"  Area North Deputy Chief Al Nagode said. "Throw into it our first 90 degrees...  So we've got a lot of people congregating in specific areas.  Those challenges have been met by our officers, and they've been doing a great job."

Traffic along North Lake Shore Drive has been a crawl for much of the day. And police say they were closing different exits as the crowds filled the beaches and the exit ramps.

Deputy Chief Nagode also said some CTA stations were closed, or "bypassed," as police term it, at various times during the weekend, as crowds congregated.  Nagode said closing the stations temporarily let officers "control the situation safely and effectively."

Since Friday at 5 p.m., police say there have been six fatalities: five from gunshots and one strangulation.  Police say there have been 23 non-fatal shootings.