Stores have started boarding up windows and police are increasing their patrols as Chicago prepares for the possibility of unrest this Election Day.
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said while “there are no incidents on the horizon based on our latest intelligence,” the department is stepping up patrols for election week.
“Should demonstrations take place, our officers will be there to protect First Amendment rights of protesters,” Brown said. “People in general have very high anxiety as it related to the upcoming election and we understand that and we are focused on ensuring our officers will work to de-escalate, to calm tensions so that everyone is comfortable exercising their right to vote. We’re also there to prevent lawlessness. There will be a zero tolerance for criminality during this time.”
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