CHICAGO POLICE HEADQUARTERS — The Chicago Police Department will put an extra 1,000 officers on the street for the Fourth of July weekend.
The holiday weekend is often one of the most — if not the most — violent weekends in Chicago, with four people killed and 62 wounded in shootings during last year's Fourth of July weekend.
"It will not be business as usual" this Fourth of July, said acting U.S. Attorney Joel Levin.
Acting U.S. Attorney, Joe Levin's "message to criminals" this Fourth of July: pic.twitter.com/Ait4LBcgPq— Kayla Martinez (@k_martnz) June 30, 2017
In a bid to combat that violence, Chicago Police will put more than 1,000 officers than usual on the streets starting Friday night and lasting through Fourth of July on Tuesday, said First Deputy Supt. Kevin Navarro.
Mobile command centers will be placed in "strategic" locations, Navarro said, and Police command staff — including Navaro — will be spread throughout the city. Illinois State Police will also patrol, looking for their "fatal four:" people speeding, driving under the influence, not wearing seatbelts and distracted driving.
Chicago Police will also have an "elevated presence" at crowd-heavy events like the Navy Pier fireworks show, though there have been no credible threats to Chicago, Navarro said.
ISP will be looking out for "The Fatal Four" this Fourth of July weekend: pic.twitter.com/2dEzqY6IA0— Kayla Martinez (@k_martnz) June 30, 2017