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Police Officers To Work 12-Hour Shifts During NATO/G8 Summits

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Chicago Police vehicle. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police vehicle. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Police will be working some extra hours when the NATO and G8 summits come to town this spring, but the city won’t have to foot the bill.

As CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports, the Chicago Tribune says when the summits come in May, Chicago Police officers will be working an extra 3 1/2 hours per shift, for shifts that total 12 hours.

They will be handling expected protesters, as well as any security issues that may arise.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave the City of Chicago $55 million to help defray the cost of preparing for the summit.

The federal government will pick up the tab for the cost of additional security, as well as the overtime, the Tribune reported.

Also in advance of the NATO/G8 summits, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed new ordinances that would dramatically increase penalties and fines for protesters who break the law.

The ordinances introduced by the mayor in December will dramatically increase possible fines for anyone resisting police and allow cooperation between state, federal and local law enforcement. The fines would be between $200 and $1000, up from $25-$500.

The new rules would also include putting a two-hour time limit on demonstrations and restricting the use of bullhorns to certain hours.

New parade marshals would be required, as well as multiple permits for, say, a demonstration that starts at the Daley Plaza and marches through the streets.

When the issue first came up, Emanuel said the new restrictions would be “temporary” and “just for this conference.” But earlier this week, the mayor said he misspoke, and the restrictions would be permanent.

Critics, such as activist Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network, say the new restrictions have “a whole series of ridiculous stipulations,” and nobody will be able to protest anything without being arrested and heavily fined.

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