Neighborhood businesses part of new Chicago Security Plan which is now underway

Date: 
08/15/2020
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Before introducing the new citywide strategic plan worked out by City, State and Federal officials to protect commercial corridors and neighborhood businesses, Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered a heartfelt message to all Chicagoans at a press conference Friday afternoon, Aug. 14. 

"Every Chicagoan wants to have peace and be safe," she said. "Every resident deserves to be safe. Every business deserves to be secure. And, every police officer deserves to do their job without the threat or reality of violence visited against them." 

Weekend Plan
To that end, the plan for the weekend has all officers again working 12-hour shifts. 

The 14th District will continue to provide extra coverage along the business districts.

All train service to and thru downtown, except for the Blue and Red lines, will be shut down overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day starting Friday night. Downtown Bridges over the River will be up by 9 p.m. except for:

  • LaSalle Street  
  • Harrison Street  
  • Ida B. Wells / Congress Bridge (West Bound Open Only)  
  • Lake Shore Drive  
  • Columbus Avenue  
  • Kinzie Street  
  • Grand Avenue 

Residents and employees of area businesses downtown are at: 

  • Harrison Street  
  • Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street  
  • Roosevelt Road and Canal Street  
  • Kinzie Street and Halsted Street  
  • LaSalle Street 

Access points are for residents, all workers and employers whose businesses are located within the designated boundaries.  

All entrance and exit expressway ramps leading to I-90/94 between Roosevelt Road and Division Street will be closed in both directions, including the I-55 Chinatown Feeder northbound at Cermak and I-290 eastbound at Halsted.  

In addition there are two planned peaceful protests on Sat., Aug. 15:

  • A police brutality march on the Dan Ryan Expressway starting at noon at Robert Taylor Park, near 47th and Federal streets on the South Side. The route is expected to head north on the highway.
  • Defund CPD & Abolish Ice protest is scheduled for 4 p.m. at The Bean in Millennium Park.

New Strategic Plan
"By strengthening community partnerships and ensuring rapid response deployments, we are working to move beyond the challenges of our current moment and into a recovery that leaves us stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive than we have ever been," said Lightfoot about the strategic safety plan. 

To strengthen the City’s rapid and agile response to looting incidents, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) will deploy officers from the impacted District, the Critical Incident Response Team, and the Community Safety team to the affected location. Additionally, City resources —including Streets and Sanitation vehicles—will be mobilized to assist the CPD in maintaining control of the area through tactics such as traffic control. These resource deployments will ensure CPD has adequate coverage to protect businesses.

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Police Superintendent David Brown

"We are working alongside the community with the common goal of keeping our neighborhoods and residents safe," said Superintendent David Brown. "This cannot be done by CPD alone and we must all stand against criminal and destructive behavior that is not only illegal, but is an attack on our city." 

As part of new efforts to leverage neighborhood leadership, CPD’s Community Policing team is partnering with local community, faith-based and business leaders to conduct weekly operation meetings to improve public-private coordination and further prepare for potential incidents. This latest coordination effort will fully integrate the business community in the Office of Emergency Management and Communications’ (OEMC) Summer Operations Center. Additionally, the City continues to deploy more than 100 infrastructure assets from the Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) and the Department of Water Management t (DWM), who are working in concert with the Chicago Police Department to protect local commercial corridors.

Reinforcing the Department’s commitment to transparency and accountability at every level, the City is ensuring that all patrol officers and citywide teams in the field, including the Community Safety Team, the Critical Incident Response Team and Summer Mobile, are equipped with body-worn cameras (BWC) starting this weekend.

Additionally, starting this weekend, the City has negotiated with its vendor to receive more than 500 additional BWCs to ensure that every CPD officer is equipped at all times.

A key component of this new plan is enhanced use of technology and data analytics. A specialized, 20-person unit will focus on around-the-clock review of open source social media activity that might indicate plans for looting. This proactive monitoring will provide the crucial information public safety agencies need to learn of planned activities as early as possible and to respond quickly and appropriately.

In partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department has formed a special Task Force of Detectives to specifically manage looting cases to ensure that those who loot are held accountable. This Task Force is already reviewing video camera footage and other evidence to identify perpetrators and develop strong cases against them. 

"Violent acts, threats to life, and the organized destruction of property interfere with the rights and safety of peaceful demonstrators and all other citizens," said Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr., Chicago Office of the FBI. "The FBI is committed to working with our community and law enforcement partners to protect the American people and ensure that violent individuals and groups are brought to justice." 

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States Attorney Kim Fox with 3rd Ward Alderperson Pat Dowell on the right

The City is also strengthening partnerships with the Cook County Sheriff, Illinois State Police, and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO). The Task Force on looting will work in close partnership with the CCSAO to ensure that individuals are held accountable for their actions. The City is also considering new laws and regulations that would provide CPD greater flexibility in prosecuting cases. 

"The violence and destruction over the past week were heartbreaking and horrifying for us all, but I know that we are stronger when we come together to rebuild what’s been broken," said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. "I am committed to keeping our communities safe and continuing to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to demand accountability and seek justice for the people of Cook County." 

Sending a clear message from the latest looting rampage, 43 of the 44 cases presented to her office this week were charged as felonies.

The Illinois State Police will also assist in securing areas impacted by looting by restricting access to affected areas of the city. The City is also partnering with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, who will deploy into neighborhoods and supplement CPD manpower. In addition to law enforcement partners, the City is utilizing its departments and agencies to deploy new and enhanced ways to shut down geographies — including parts of the downtown core — in the event of another looting incident. These tactics include blocking and disabling vehicles as well as creating new hardened cityscapes. 

Over the weekend, OEMC will continue to ensure residents have the latest information on any restricted access to the downtown area. To receive emergency alerts for updates on street closures and public transportation, subscribe to Chicago’s text or email alert system at NotifyChicago.org or follow OEMC on Facebook and Twitter @ChicagoOEMC.

 

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