CHICAGO — Memorial Day marks the first holiday weekend in leadership for Chicago’s new mayor and his interim top cop.
Mayor Brandon Johnson joined Chicago Police Department Interim Superintendent Fred Waller Thursday afternoon to share the city’s public safety plan in advance of the unofficial start to summer.
“It’s going to take all of us not just the police, city government to ensure our communities can live and thrive in peace and safety,” Mayor Johnson said.
The two were joined by Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt, Alderman Desmon Yancy, Alderman Lamont Robinson, Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities Executive Director Esther Franco-Payne, along with other city and community leaders.
The group discussed the Mayor’s plans, including $2.5 million for the partnership for safe and peaceful communities in Chicago.
The public private partnership supports violence prevention, funding more than 250 grassroots organizations across the south and west sides, engaging young people with programming throughout the summer, many which will take place in Chicago Public Schools.
The Chicago Police Department announced it is cancelling one scheduled day off for all officers this holiday weekend, looking out for any street take overs, increasing presence on public transit, in parks and beaches- which open tomorrow.
A lot of big events this weekend, including the Suenos Music Festival, the Soldier Field 10K Race, Navy Pier fireworks Saturday night, and the Memorial Day parade.
“CPD has plans in place to address large gatherings with bag checks at our beaches, Millennium park and events across the city our strategic support centers will be monitoring and sending real time updates to coordinate city wide response,” Waller said.
Mayor Johnson said his plan is what he calls love in action, wanting to change the narrative, headlines, and expectations of a violent Memorial Day weekend.
Watch the entire press conference in the video player above.