Aldermen Force Special Meeting Over CPD’s July 4 Plans: ‘Our Communities Are Being Left To Fend For Themselves’

“It’s not just about this weekend. It’s about the weekends going forward,” said 9th Ward alderman Anthony Beale. “You can never be too late to try to see what we’re doing to calm this city down.”

Chicago police officers watch as protesters crowd downtown streets near City Hall.
Chicago police officers watch as protesters crowd downtown streets near City Hall. Katherine Nagasawa / WBEZ
Chicago police officers watch as protesters crowd downtown streets near City Hall.
Chicago police officers watch as protesters crowd downtown streets near City Hall. Katherine Nagasawa / WBEZ

Aldermen Force Special Meeting Over CPD’s July 4 Plans: ‘Our Communities Are Being Left To Fend For Themselves’

“It’s not just about this weekend. It’s about the weekends going forward,” said 9th Ward alderman Anthony Beale. “You can never be too late to try to see what we’re doing to calm this city down.”

Nearly half of Chicago’s City Council pushed for a special meeting Friday to probe police Supt. David Brown about the department’s violence prevention plans ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. The meeting will be held over the objections of Mayor Lightfoot.

Reset gets the latest on the story and what to expect Friday.

GUESTS: Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th Ward

Heather Cherone, WTTW Chicago politics correspondent