On the Fourth of July, fireworks were thrown at police from a crowd while others jumped on police cars in downtown Chicago. Dozens were arrested.
Hundreds of people swarmed the city’s downtown streets, with most of those apprehended being young people and adolescents. According to authorities, bottle rockets were shot from the crowd at police officers during the disturbance. One officer was struck near his ear. Another officer was hurt during a fight with a suspect. According to FOX 32 Chicago, other people in the crowd refused to leave.
Alderman Brian Hopkins told Chicago’s WBBM-TV that Sunday night, July 4 was a disaster. “We had massive chaos and mayhem downtown. We had guns in backpacks. Guns in pockets. A large number of firearms present,” he added.
The mob defied police dispersal demands, throwing bottle rockets at uniformed police, and dancing atop law enforcement cars during the event, which started about 6 p.m. According to a law enforcement spokesperson, about 100 people had left before 61 people, including juveniles, were apprehended on allegations of violence, disorderly behavior, and resisting detainment.
In a statement, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) stated that it was unable to confirm the arrest details. “Police responded to several large groups throughout the downtown area this evening, resulting in multiple arrests and at least two officers injured. … The Chicago Police Department had sufficient resources deployed to manage the crowds and ensure public safety.”
Hundreds of people were seen walking through the streets while high-powered fireworks were set off, according to footage from the incident. In the background, there were law enforcement lights.
In what has been termed as Chicago’s most violent three-day period in 2021, 88 individuals were shot, 14 fatally. Among the injured were two children, a 5-year-old girl, and a 6-year-old girl.
A particularly unruly holiday weekend, which was labeled “the most critical” period of the year by Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown due to historically high violence rates, had been anticipated by City officials.
The police revealed July Fourth weekend violence control measures after aldermen convened a special meeting of the City Council. The plan concentrated on 15 violence-prone zones throughout the city asked officers to work 12-hour shifts instead of taking days off.
Two Chicago policemen were shot early Monday while attempting to disperse a gathering on the city’s West Side in a different case.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a man opened fire into a crowd of revelers around 1:30 a.m., hitting the 15th District commander Patrina Wines. Another police sergeant’s leg was grazed by a bullet, neither required hospital treatment. Both policemen will be “all right,” according to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.
“As you know, there’s been a lot of large crowd gatherings tonight, a lot of celebratory fireworks going off, kind of spontaneous,” Brown said. “They were dispersing a crowd when they heard shots and felt pain.”