Chicago police on lookout for threats ahead of Pride Fest after Lakeview shooting, Idaho arrests

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Saturday, June 18, 2022
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The Chicago Police Department is on the lookout for threats ahead of Pride Fest 2022 after a Lakeview shooting and Patriot Front arrests in Idaho.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The roads were blocked off Friday as people slowly gathered for the Taste of Randolph.

"I just wanted to come out with my friends to enjoy some House music and just have a few drinks," said Tristan Tongue, who attended the event.

With the right beat, any social gathering is worth kicking off your weekend with, like many people did in the West Loop.

"Come on out, Chicago! We miss you!" said Sarah Distasio, another attendee.

Cooks prepared much to savor.

"We have smash burgers, which is just like a regular beef burger with cheese!" said Paxton Hoop, who works at the Goddess & Grocer. "We do a great job of accommodating to people who are vegetarian and vegan."

This is one of many events planned for the weekend as Chicago police officers have had their days-off canceled through Tuesday, making sure people remain safe as other events are being planned. Organizers have been setting up for the Pride Festival in Northalsted this weekend.

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It was in the heart of Boystown, at Roscoe and Halsted, where a man was shot in both of his legs early Monday morning.

As police investigate that case, officials at the City's Office of Emergency Management urged those attending upcoming events to keep vigilant.

"There's cumulative effects that takes place," said Office of Emergency Management Exeutive Director Rich Guidice. "So, just continue to keep an eye on each other. And, when you're in large crowds, just be cognizant of your surroundings. Call 911, if you need us."

Officers are also on the lookout for any threats to large crowds. An Illinois man was one of 31 members of a white supremacist group arrested on Sunday near an Idaho pride event.

CPD Supt. David Brown, detailed some safety plans for pride the following day during a press conference.

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"We do have our Chicago offers on the Joint Terrorism Task Force here locally, and they work directly with FBI and all other federal partners," Brown said.

The Pride Festival will go on through 10 p.m. Sunday night. Police officers have been patrolling the event and officials say those safety measures will remain for upcoming events through the summer.