CHICAGO (CBS) – It becomes a familiar sight: chaos in the Loop. It happened again on Saturday night with a large crowd, shootings and beatings. An officer was left with a broken arm and police arrested more than 21 young people.
Dozens flooded the streets near Millennium Park in a similar spectacle last summer. A Chicago Transit Authority bus driver was hit on the road and injured. A teenager was shot in the arm when a gunman fired after the victim hit him. A convenience store employee was also punched in the face.
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Of the 21 people arrested, at least one – a 15-year-old – faces a felony battery charge.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has spoken about what needs to change, while others have their own solutions.
“We shouldn’t have to come to this, but if we do, we will,” she said.
Lightfoot said when the chaos erupted, one tactic the police used was to push people towards trains to return home from Millennium Park where they were gathered.
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Second room Ald. Brian Hopkins, who has worked with the Chicago Police Department on Loop Crowd Control in the past, said officers had information about social media influencers hosting this as an event or flash mob. CPD wouldn’t go into details of the deployment, but they had plenty of experience responding to similar crowds as of the weekend of July 4, when officers arrested more than 60 people.
Lightfoot says the real work of solving this problem begins at home.
“These children have to take responsibility, but I will say parents have to take responsibility,” she said. “Do you know where your child is? Make sure you talk to your kids about how they should behave in a large crowd? “
Community leader Tyrone Muhammad, who works with black youth, went further, saying groups like his should be part of the solution by helping to better communicate with children and disseminate situations on the ground. in a different way.
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“Let’s create opportunities for our children to feel at home downtown,” the founder of Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change. “It is not that this is an event to come to the city center. Downtown shouldn’t be an event. It should be something that feels normal and natural because we live in this city. “
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CPD says he worked with street workers to coordinate with agents, calling their response “sufficient”. Officers also recovered two replica firearms and issued nine curfew violations.