Police: 88 arrested in raid to curb gang violence during holiday weekend

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CHICAGO — Chicago police say they have arrested nearly 90 people in an ongoing effort to curb gang violence during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The Chicago Police Department said in a statement that it arrested 88 people Friday night during a raid against street gangs. They are all being held on felony and misdemeanor charges. Fifty-five of those arrested were convicted felons, police said. Another 16 were serving sentences on parole for earlier crimes.

Seventy-six are on CPD’s “Strategic Subject List,” including those believed to be most prone to violence. Seven of the arrestees were placed in the department’s Diversion Program, which offers rehabilitative services to first time, non-violent drug offenders as an alternative to arrest and incarceration, police said.

Police also seized eight firearms during the operation.

“As we head into the Fourth of July weekend we are sending a clear signal to offenders that CPD will come at you with every tool we have to keep our communities safe,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement. “These operations are just one piece of our overall strategy to prevent violent incidents.  We’re also making sure that officers are visible throughout the city this holiday weekend to promote peace.”

Twenty-seven other people were arrested on felony drug charges in the 19th District earlier this week.

Information from the Chicago Tribune was included in this report.

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