(ABC) Chicago police are trying to crack down on violence this Labor Day holiday weekend by adding 1,400 more officers to the streets.
CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke about the plan Friday afternoon in a joint press conference with Illinois State Police, ATF, DEA and FBI. Johnson said additional resources will be deployed all over the city, including the lakefront, parks, and downtown.
“We’re going to have a lot of people out. It’s going to be a warm weekend, a holiday weekend, a long weekend, so the mission is to keep people safe,” Johnson said, speaking exclusively with ABC7 Eyewitness News.
Johnson was on patrol with his son, rookie CPD officer Daniel Johnson, for less than an hour when they responded to a call of a shootout involving officers.
Shots were fired at police in the South Shore neighborhood, police said. Officers returned fire and no one was injured. One person was in custody and a gun was recovered.
“The subject inside the vehicle fled. They saw a weapon. The subject then turned around, pointed a weapon at officers, and fired several shots. The officers returned fire and were eventually able to place the subject in custody. A weapon was recovered. No one was struck,” Johnson said.
“School is about to start back, so let these schoolchildren have a safe, enjoyable holiday weekend before they start school,” he added.
The younger Johnson said his father has offered him advice on his new career.
“Always walk with honor and integrity, and just partner with the community,” Officer Daniel Johnson said.
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