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For a fourth night in a row, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) was forced to call for reinforcements downtown as large numbers of teens gathered and engaged in rioting, violence, and even a Saturday night shooting.
The carousing began Wednesday night, only days after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chose Chicago for the site of its 2024 National Presidential Convention despite that the city suffers one of the nation’s highest murder rates.
Video of the gangs of teens jumping on top of mass transit buses and rushing through the streets of Chicago on Friday appeared on Twitter. The video also showed CPD officers desperately trying to corral the gangs of kids.
🚨#BREAKING: Chaotic Scene Unfolds in Downtown Chicago as Teenagers Vandalize Cars and Gunfire Erupts
📌#Chicago | #Illinois ⁰
There is currently a significant police response taking place in downtown Chicago due to a large group of teenagers causing chaos. They have been… pic.twitter.com/n7xhBpsTKs
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) April 16, 2023
Fox Chicago reported that the roving gangs of teens were also seen bashing in car windows, and after shots were fired, they noted that they pulled their news crews off the street due to safety fears.
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