CHICAGO – Chicago police have deployed additional resources and are closely monitoring rallies in response to the release of Grand Rapids police shooting video that shows the murder of a 26-year-old black man.
There have been discussions all day among city leaders preparing for any unrest that may arise here in Chicago after the video is released.
FOX 32 has learned that all scheduled days have been canceled for Chicago Police through this weekend. Additionally, full-time sworn officers were instructed to have their soft body armor—and if issued a helmet and gas mask—readily available “in case of deployment”.
This all comes after body camera and cellphone video emerged showing the fatal police-involved shooting of 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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An interesting connection to Chicago is Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom, who was a cop in Chicago for 20 years. He has just been sworn in on March 7.
During Wednesday’s press conference, Winstrom mentioned that he had a lot of experience in shootings involving police in Chicago.
“Me coming from Chicago for 20 years, I was hoping to never have to use that experience here,” he said.
Chicago police and the Office of Emergency Management released a joint statement saying they were monitoring the situation closely.
Moreover, there is no actionable information indicating a threat.