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Weis: Police to Have 'Aggressive' Presence at Billiken Parade

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Chicago’s top cop says there will be a “very aggressive” police presence at next weekend’s Bud Billiken Parade. More than 1 million people are expected to attend the parade on Chicago. Superintendent Jody Weis declined to reveal specific, security plans, although he denied the plans were “drastic changes” from previous years. He says police want to encourage a family atmosphere while making sure parade attendees behave properly.

WEIS: We are going to take a very aggressive posture out there. We’re gonna make sure that there’s not going to be any incidents that might take place. But we really want to encourage a family atmosphere where people can go out and have a great time.

The Bud Billiken parade is the largest African American parade in the U.S, and one of the largest in the country. The stepped up police response comes in part following separate shootings that followed at the end of the Taste of Chicago. One person was killed and several others injured.

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