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CPD out in full force to deter crime, violence

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Police Officers on Michigan Ave. (Photos by FOX 32's Craig Wall) Police Officers on Michigan Ave. (Photos by FOX 32's Craig Wall)
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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Summer has come to mean more than just scores of shoppers and visitors on Michigan Avenue. It now also brings plenty of extra police officers to discourage would be troublemakers.

Friday night police arrested one man for unknown reasons, but the bigger concern is the mobs of young people who have been terrorizing visitors on warm summer weekends, and giving this vital tourist destination a bad reputation for safety.

“Most of the people I talk to about the miracle mile lucky, the downtown area, there's always a police presence which we've seen today and everything like that so we feel very comfortable about that,” said Ed Baillargeon, visiting from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ninety blocks away in the South Shore neighborhood, police held an outdoor roll call, right across the street from the laundromat where earlier this week a gunman opened fire and wounded seven people. A lieutenant reminded the officers to be proactive and do their best to curtail gang violence. Probationary officers paired up with regular beat officers to walk the neighborhood, to discourage criminal activity, interact with people living there, and build relationships.

“There's some things you can't prevent, hopefully there's a lot of things that are being prevented, we just hope that this kind of interaction will maybe help some people at least to come forward with information,” said Chicago Police Captain Ruth Wedster.

Last weekend police sources said there were problems in and around Michigan Avenue, a mob of young people overran the McDonalds at State and Chicago, stealing food orders from patrons and running out.

And in an unrelated incident, a woman who confronted a thug got her car window smashed out. Police hope a very visible police presence will discourage any problems and make visitors feel secure.

“The police officers around makes me feel very comfortable, knowing I have safety around me, I know I'm secure in my surroundings, so I feel comfortable now,” said Cheryl McClellan from Chicago.

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