Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the measure is being taken out of an abundance of caution. He says there is no intelligence that points to an imminent attack. They are just being cautious.
Especially when most of these recruitment centers are in shopping malls with little or no security.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy being extra vigilant in protecting servicemen and women in the city.
So during business hours, McCarthy has a police officer stationed outside military recruitment centers and installations in Chicago. This comes on the heels of four marines being shot and killed in Chattanooga Tennessee on Thursday.
McCarthy believes a lone wolf was inspired by the chatter of extremists, terrorists that encouraged attacks on police and military personnel. And even though his men and women could also be targets, McCarthy says it’s their obligation to protect at home the men and women who protect us abroad.
He’s reminded of 9-11 when he was Superintendent in New Jersey and heard planes over head even though all planes had been grounded. At first he thought New York City was being attacked again.
A moment later two F-16’s were wing to wing going between buildings up the Hudson River.
The F-16’s were protecting New York City.
Here at home, McCarthy has an opportunity to return the favor.
“We appreciate them,” says SGT. 1ST Class Ruben Acosta.
Superintendent McCarthy says the officers will be stationed outside the military facilities indefinitely. Live on the northwest side Marcella Raymond WGN News.