The Boston Effect
We weren't going to mention anything about it, but NBC did a big story on it last night:
- Long suffering Chicago sports fans dream of days like a Blackhawks victory parade, but for law enforcement personnel such events are security nightmares.
"Boston was a reawakening", says former Chicago police commander Neil Sullivan, noting that police can't afford to assume that such a happy event will be ignored by those who would do Chicagoans harm.
"We have to be right 100 percent of the time," he says. "They only have to be right once."
Sullivan has played the scenarios over hundreds of times. During four decades with Chicago police, he helped design security plans for countless big events, ranging from sports championships, to the 1996 Democratic Convention, and President Obama's 2008 victory rally in Grant Park.
Boston was a game changer - a big happy crowd with anything terror-related being the farthest thing from anyone's mind - the ultimate in a "soft" target. That means the police ought to be extra alert, extra aware and thinking of worst case scenarios in the middle of what should be a very fun celebration. Be careful boys and girls and if you're an off-duty lucky enough to be in the celebration, keep an eye out anyway.