Along with other city departments, the Chicago police have been formulating a plan the past couple of months for the forthcoming November 3rd election that may include civil unrest on both sides of the political arena.
With only weeks until the election, city officials spoke to reporters, assuring the public that they are better prepared than they were earlier this year following the death of Georg Floyd, who died at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
“Practice, practice, practice makes perfect. And yes, we’re talking about practice. Our drills integrate all of our city services, not just Chicago police, not just fire, but all of our city departments working together so that we can have the best response regardless of whatever scenario happens on Election Day,” Superintendent David Brown said.
Brown said he has no plans to cancel time off in the Chicago Police department, but only select units will be commanded to work, and shifts extended.
“Everything is uncertain. And so we’re trying as best we can to anticipate any hazard that might happen, including a weather hazard. Snow might happen in our city. Along with anything related to protests, embedded agitators might loot or cause violence or destroy property,” Brown said.
The executive director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Rich Guidice, said his department has met with business leaders who have concerns about the unrest in May and August with the looting of downtown stores and some neighborhoods.
“Over the last few months, we have been performing drills and holding workshops to be ready to respond to any situation or possible event that should occur in the city before, on, and after Election Day. This includes both retail corridors in the central business district and throughout the city of Chicago (neighborhoods),” Guidice said.
Superintendent Brown said there had been no threats to the city concerning the Presidential election.
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