by The Chicago Times Staff
December 11, 2021
CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is making safety plans for the weekend to deal with a surge in shootings, carjackings, burglaries, and other forms of violence.
CPD Supt. David Brown spoke Friday morning about the weekend’s safety plan. Brown stated that there will be a greater police presence downtown and will be more aggressive in arrests for criminal acts as well as minors who are out past curfew.
Officers currently have one regular day off canceled, which has been a source of contention among at least two police unions, who claim officers do not have enough time to decompress or spend time with their families.
The recent downtown violence has received a lot of attention. A CTA bus driver was beaten by a mob in the Loop over the weekend, according to video. A 12-year-old girl was shot in Millennium Park in another incident.
Last weekend in Chicago, at least 33 people were shot, nine of whom were killed, according to Chicago police.