With School Out, Police Presence Boosted Downtown

CHICAGO (CBS) — With school out and in the wake of mob attacks along the lakefront, the Chicago Police Department is making a big show of force along the beaches and Michigan Avenue.

Starting today, sources tell CBS 2’s Suzanne LeMignot, police are using every resource–from extra patrols to helicopters–to combat crime downtown and stop incidents like the one that was captured by CBS 2’s cameras on Friday from escalating into violent attacks.

Along North Avenue Beach, two groups of teens started a shouting and shoving match. As tempers began to flare, Chicago police–on foot and all terrain vehicles–moved in, bringing what could have become a beach brawl to a standstill.

“Just that alone is good, you know, that the police are here,” said Ben Johnson, who witnessed the teens’ confrontation. “Maybe it’s not the best to see the presence, you want to have like a nice beach day, but that they’re here, you feel safe.”

At North Avenue Beach, police are patrolling on foot and horseback and riding ATVs and bikes.

Susan Sarver appreciates the obvious show of police power.

“I think it’s comforting,” she said.

Sources say officers in the 18th District have had their schedules changed.

Now that school is out, the goal is to beef up patrols during the morning and evening hours, along the lakefront and Michigan Avenue.

The 18th District has had at least eight attack mob incidents this year. In some of the cases, mobs of teens have attacked people on the Magnificent Mile and the lakefront.

CBS 2 also observed a Chicago Police helicopter above North Avenue this afternoon.

Sources say the chopper is being used to monitor the entire stretch of the lakefront by air this weekend.

  • Brittany DeBruin

    My friend who was involved in the fight is gay. The cops kept telling him to stop being gay. Stupid Chicago police.

  • jon a

    So WBBM lets white racists post their vitriol on their boards but refuses to post rebuttals….. OK. I see.

    • Tyreese

      I agree, the black ass homie gangsters should get to have their opinion of the violence heard as well.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Hopefully this Police presence can put an end to these mobs comprised of BLACK teens. Downtown and the Lakefront should be a safe environment for normal people.

  • johnw

    Those people hate the “po-po” so having a strong police presence should drive them back to the ghetto. They have no reason to be at the beach anyway…it’s not like they need a tan…and none of them can swim worth a dam.

  • frankie

    I don’t care how many police there are. I am now not going into the city. I can have just as must fun and for a lot less money by staying in the suburbs or going to Wisconsin.

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