CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police on Monday evening said they are deploying additional resources to the downtown area and business corridors, and canceling days off for several units.
Chicago Police said they are “closely monitoring events across the country.” They said while there was no “actionable intelligence” about any possible unrest Monday night, they will be deploying additional resources across communities citywide, neighborhood retail corridors, and the downtown business district.
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We have increased our operational posture to ensure we are as prepared as possible to maintain the safety of our city and its residents. pic.twitter.com/26AWTj659k
— Chicago Police Communications & News Affairs (@CPD_Media) April 12, 2021
Days off have also been canceled for the Community Safety Team, the Critical Incident Response Team, the Summer Mobile Patrol, all area detectives, and additional specialized teams.
This comes after Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed by police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota outside Minneapolis Sunday night.
Body camera video shows police approaching Wright’s vehicle and asking him to step out of the car. They attempt to handcuff him before he pulls away and gets back into his driver’s seat.
The officer whose body camera footage was shown pulls out a gun while shouting “Taser.”
After firing the gun, the officer says, “Holy s**t, I just shot him.”
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“As I watched the video and listen to the officer’s commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said. “This appears to me from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction in distress immediately after that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
The Twin Cities and surrounding areas were placed under a 7 p.m. curfew Monday evening.
Following Wright’s death Sunday, the Minnesota National Guard was activated. In the early morning hours, state law enforcement leaders said they activated everyone they can to stand guard around the Twin Cities area.
This was originally the plan for when closing arguments and jury deliberation in the Derek Chauvin trial began. But as the looting and unrest spilled into Minneapolis, officials decided the extra enforcement was needed now, not later.
Meanwhile back in Chicago, CBS 2’s Brad Edwards spotted the Nordstrom Rack store at Chicago Avenue and Rush Street being boarded up Monday evening.
— Brad Edwards (@tvbrad) April 12, 2021
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This also comes after a group of men smashed their way into the Nordstrom store on the Magnificent Mile and stole items overnight.