CPD beefs up staff in prep for Memorial Day weekend violence

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CHICAGO – Chicago police are stepping up staffing for the Memorial Day weekend and hoping to head off a spike in shootings in the city.

The holiday weekend has been notoriously violent in recent years.

Last year, 12 people were killed and 44 wounded over the three-day holiday.

So far this year, shootings are up nearly 54 percent, compared to the same time in 2015.

The department sent a memo to officers last Friday,  looking for volunteers to work this weekend.

If there are not enough volunteers, some officers may be compelled to work.

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