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Chicago’s new strategy to combat looting includes social media monitoring and ‘robust legal action’

The new plan comes days after looters hit several downtown businesses on the Magnificent Mile shopping area, stealing property and causing extensive damage. More than 100 people were arrested Sunday and 13 police officers were injured. Other looting occurred in May and June during the George Floyd protests."No one should ever feel they can break into our businesses, destroy and steal property and get away with it," Lightfoot said at a news conference on Friday."I also want those in particular, who have been shaken by this week, and the events of the summer, to know that I hear you loud and clear," she said. "You deserve to feel safe."The plan calls for the creation of a 20-person task force within the police department to utilize technology and data analytics to monitor social media for advance notice of gatherings that could turn into a problem, Lightfoot said.13 Chicago officers lounged in a congressman's office during demonstrations and violence, security video showsFive hundred additional body-worn cameras will also be distributed to police, she said. The plan also includes "rapid and agile resource deployment" of officers from impacted districts, including the use of vehicles from the streets and sanitation departments to help with traffic control, the mayor said. Part three of the plan calls for geographic lockdowns, blocking and disabling vehicles and creating "new hardened cityscape," such as concrete structures, to limit movement, she said. There will also be a rapid response communication framework to accelerate contact between businesses and the Chicago Police Department.Chicago protesters rally at mayor's house a day after clashes with policePart four of the plan will seek to create stronger partnerships with businesses and other law enforcement agencies, such as the Illinois State Police and the Cook County Sheriff's Office. The final part seeks "robust legal action," including new laws and regulations that are being considered to give the CPD greater flexibility.The Cook County State's Attorney's Office has agreed to ensure that those involved will be prosecuted, according to Lightfoot.Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, speaking at the same news conference, said her office is prosecuting the recent looting cases and previous incidents."When you Read More – Source

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