Chicago’s top cop is expected to address the Police Department’s plans to tackle violence in the city this weekend on Friday, nearly a week after a chaotic and violent Saturday night that saw shootings, beatings , arrests and more as police responded to large groups of downtown youth.
Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown is expected to discuss steps the ministry plans to take as part of its “public safety plans before this weekend.”
The address is scheduled for 9 a.m. at CPD Public Security Headquarters. (Watch live in the player above)
On Saturday, the Chicago Transit Authority’s bus drivers union said it was planning to hold a “mass protest” along Michigan Avenue to demand additional protection for bus drivers.
Last weekend, a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy were gunned down, a CTA bus driver was beaten, two police officers were injured and nearly two dozen teenagers were arrested as police were responding to large groups of young people who gathered in downtown Chicago.
The police department has previously announced that it is canceling a regular day off to fight crime after the violent and chaotic weekend.
“In order to improve public safety and combat current criminal trends, all full-time sworn members will have a canceled regular day off,” CPD said in a statement Monday.
Others are calling for increased security, particularly along Michigan Avenue, with a trade tax increase proposed to increase security. The measure has already been approved by a city council committee and is expected to be presented to full council next week.
The Magnificent Mile Association met on Monday evening to discuss stepping up security amid recent burglaries in the area.
Over the past month, street robberies have been reported at many Michigan Avenue stores, including Nieman Marcus, Canada Goose, North Face, Burberry, and many more.