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CPD Prepares For Potential Unrest In Wake Of Recent Police Shootings In Minnesota, Chicago

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With the multiple cases in Minnesota and the soon-to-be released police body cam of a CPD officer fatally shooting 13-year old Adam Toledo, CPD is preparing for what this week may have in store. CBS 2's Chris Tye reports.

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- Here in Chicago, body camera video of an officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old, Adam Toledo, will be released any day now. And CPD is preparing for what may be in store. CBS2's Chris Tye is live with the lessons learned and the questions that still linger after unrest in the city last year. He's live at Chicago in rush, where businesses are faring. Chris.

CHRIS TYE: Brad, the protective boarding is now up. And so is the antenna around Chicago police. After the inspector general's office in Chicago gave CPD failing grades for managing the unrest after George Floyd's death last summer, there may be a big new test on the horizon.

As salt trucks and plywood fortify streets and structures, inside CPD, plans are underway to deal with how to handle a possible tough week ahead. But fixing the mismanagement on display in the days after George Floyd's death may prove most instructive. This 135 page report from the city's inspector general was a brutal report card on how CPD was unprepared to deal with this volume of arrests.

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- Deploy units. And let it know if it's flocker.

CHRIS TYE: It was moments like this, the inspector general's report says, that CPD officers regularly failed to record baton strikes, and often failed to activate their body cameras. They say CPD was outflanked, under equipped, and unprepared. Unprepared even as indications appeared on social media, they wrote, signaling the planning of large scale public protest. CPD was underprepared, they wrote, and ill-equipped for the events that followed. From top to bottom, chaos and confusion in the command staff rank struck a serious blow to morale of frontline members who plainly felt failed by their department. A CPD spokesperson today told me this after-action report from last year's unrest helped steer changes in areas highlighted for improvement. But no specific policy changes were shared with CBS2.

Procedures and policies are constantly reviewed by the CPD. That, according to his spokesperson today. But when we asked, specifically, what policies have changed since last spring's unrest and the mismanagement therein? They weren't able to point to anything in particular. And also we asked, what about the 20-person panel that was a social media watchdog group to kind of monitor to see what's going on online to forecast where there might be unrest? Is that still around? Not the mayor's office or CPD got back to us. We'll keep asking. Live on the North side, Chris Tye. CBS2 News.