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CPD: 52 arrests related to Pride
by Matt Simonette

Chicago Police Department said June 29 that there were 52 arrests related to the Pride Parade and its ensuing activities. When reached for comment, CPD was not able to break down how many arrests occurred during the parade itself as well as during celebrations in Lake View.

City officials say that the outcomes of this year's parade will be closely looked at, since the question of whether to move the parade to a more central location, probably downtown, will likely be addressed. According to Melissa Stratton, a spokesperson for the Office of Emergency Management and Communication, parade attendance was at one million people, as it was last year, so the event strains local safety and maintenance resources. Many local residents have also voiced concerns, especially about overnight after-parade celebrations.

Ninety extra security personnel were utilized in the parade, as were bag checkpoints at certain points on the route. Parade-goers were also warned that open alcohol containers would warrant a $1,000 citation.

Online and social media reports of overnight activities highlighted several accounts of lawlessness; not all of those will lead to criminal charges however. The Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown blog ( Article Link Here ), which monitored Chicago Police radio traffic, reported June 29 of two stabbings and two robberies, among several other incidents.

Besides a protest staged during the parade that led to a 15-minute delay, the parade was also held up briefly when a 60-year-old male tried to enter the parade route on the 3700 block of North Halsted in his vehicle at approximately 2:50 p.m. and struck a man and a woman. According to CPD, the man and woman were taken in good condition to Illinois Masonic Hospital and were released. The driver was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital, placed under observation and released.

The Town Hall Police District will have its next CAPS meeting at 7 p.m. on July 1 at police headquarters at 850 W. Addison St.

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