- Chicago police are expected to launch a new summer crime fighting effort as a way to keep the parks and beaches safe.
This comes after a massive Memorial Day brawl at North Avenue Beach. Just days after that, more fights broke out, leaving people bloodied and taken to local hospitals and handcuffed. Police said it was fueled by underage drinking.
On Wednesday, Chicago police will announce plans for a new patrol unit called the "Summer Mobile Patrol." It will consist of officers who will operate during peak activity times.
People can expect to see them on Segways, horses and ATVs.
Too bad this is going to short the Districts again, especially during "peak activity times" when most of the shootings occur.
- Where are we going to get all these new horses? Is Arlington having a sale?
- Segways? Again, not cheap - the city is broke, remember?
- ATV's? Is anyone even trained on those things anymore? Last time we saw one of those, some HQ dolly was running over pedestrians with it at a Blackhawks parade.
A step in the right direction, but when you lurch from one crisis to the next with a consistently undermanned, under-equipped, under-trained force, well, you can imagine the results.
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