Chicago Police close roads, prepare to prevent another night of gridlock during Mexican Independence Day celebrations

CHICAGO (CBS) — Drivers heading to downtown Chicago Saturday night might need a troublesome time stepping into the town. 

City leaders are hoping there might be no repeat of Friday night when folks celebrating Mexican Independence Day packed the Loop, shutting down avenue and, at instances, overwhelming police. 

Police have been gearing up Saturday afternoon. Officers had already begun to mitigate site visitors, prepared to close down downtown if obligatory — something to prevent the gridlock of Friday night. 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the celebrations for Mexican Independence Day. 

“This is a ripple effect,” she mentioned. “We want people to enjoy our city. It’s a wonderful, beautiful city. We want people to enjoy it, but with everything there’s a balance and the balance in the commitment that we have to make to each other is to do it in a way that is respectful and peaceful.”

Friday night introduced crowded streets, fireworks, and shut down roadways. Police say one officer was hit within the face with a frozen water bottle. 

Mexican Independence Day celebrations took over downtown Friday night, although principally peaceable. The gridlock automotive caravans brought on created main concern for folks caught within the site visitors. 

Saturday Illinois State Police have been helping Chicago Police in closing off many expressway routes into the town in addition to monitoring the bridges themselves Saturday and the remaining of the weekend. 

Trained officers may have tire deflation units available to close off standard intersections, and people caught inflicting the gridlock may very well be towed now or at a later date. 

“We will be towing more cars,” mentioned Chicago Police Department Supt. David Brown. “So if your car is not towed, you should hear this message: We have video everywhere many of these celebrations are occurring. And when we identify your vehicle causing some of this public safety challenge that I just expressed, you can be towed at a later date with fines up to $10,000.” 

Officers instructed CBS 2 they did get better 4 weapons over the previous few days in reference to the caravans that have been shutting down downtown. The mayor and police division are additionally warning that this isn’t punishment for celebrating within the streets. They simply need folks to do it safely and that downtown avoids the gridlock of Friday night. 

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