Police To Crack Down On Unsanctioned Street Parties To Reduce Violence

Bob Roberts
August 10, 2018 - 9:29 am

WBBM Newsradio/Lisa Fielding


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Look for Chicago Police to crack down on curfew violators and those gathering unannounced on street corners in the department's effort minimize the violence and bloodshed in several South and West side police districts.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the most frequent targets of last weekend's shootings were parties sanctioned by neither the city nor police. Some of which had gang members in attendance. He said the keys are the unorganized and unsanctioned.

"I know it is summer and I want to ensure people that this is not about block parties - I love them just as much as everyone else does," he said.

Johnson said police will warn unathorized street corner gatherings to clear out and will arrest those who fail to comply. He said other tactics used successfully in certain police districts will be roled out in wider areas.