Flanked by community organizers and children running about, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown appealed to a sense of togetherness Friday as he spoke about the coming weekend and preventing violence on the streets.
“Chicago belongs to all of us, and that means all of us,” Brown said at Humboldt Park.
As the city braces for what may be another weekend of unrest, Brown stressed that the “Chicago Police Department is sworn to serve and protect everyone. That includes protecting our First Amendment right, our sacred right to protest. That also means protecting all of us from violence or harm. We can, and we will, do both.”
The summer has seen protests that sometimes have erupted into vandalism and looting. Criticism of the department has come both from protesters decrying its tactics and those who blame the department for not doing enough to deter vandalism.