Feds will dispatch uniformed officers to downtown Chicago ahead of
(AP) — Chicago may
see visible signs of the upcoming NATO summit when federal agents — some in
battle gear — start patrolling downtown as soon as next week.
The Federal Protective Service has been telling tenants of the city's federal
buildings that the officers would be patrolling in what is calling the
"Red Zone." The decision to dispatch the officers, some armed with
non-lethal bean bag weapons, was first reported this week by the Chicago
The head of the city's NATO committee said she didn't know about the federal
show of force until she read it in the paper. Lori Healey explained the federal
government doesn't consult the city when it makes such a decision but that such
moves are common when there are major events.
Suburban Cops Prepping For NATO Summit
Police don't expect terrorism here, but cops in Morton Grove, Niles and elsewhere are
training for reaction to NATO summit in three weeks. Since there's an alert out
re: the bin Laden anniversary, the extra prep could come in handy.
police departments are training to back up Chicago police for the
NATO summit May 20-21 – and to handle any incidents that spill out beyond the
Department of Homeland Security issued
an alert for potential terrorism on the May 1 anniversary of the bin Laden
killing, the extra training can't hurt.
the NATO summit, “There’s concern throughout the suburbs – whether it’s
northern, western or southern – that something could expand out of Chicago,” said Morton
Grove Police Chief Mark Erickson.
most part, it’s just a concern. There’s not a whole lot we can say about it,
other than this event is coming to Chicago. It will probably
stay in Chicago. But the north,
south and west suburbs are kind of in a pre-preparing mode just to be safe.”
training for months
of suburban police departments have been spotted in training exercises. Such
rehearsals have been going on since the NATO summit was first sited in Chicago last year.