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Not illegal for teenagers to gather downtown, but officers will take action if they break the legislation, top cop says – Chicago Tribune

After a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot in Millennium Park over the weekend throughout a mass gathering of teenagers, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown stated at a information convention Tuesday that whereas it’s not illegal for youths to gather downtown, officers are ready to take action if they break the legislation.

Seandell Holliday, 16, was fatally shot close to the The Bean sculpture Saturday, and a 17-year-old teenager named Marion Richardson has been charged in the taking pictures. The violence promoted Mayor Lori Lightfoot to ban unaccompanied minors from visiting Millennium Park after 6 p.m. from Thursday by Sunday.

Brown stated teenagers have gathered in set places after distributing “fliers” on social media web sites comparable to Facebook and Instagram. Officers monitor social media to strive to be taught the place these gatherings will take place.

Brown added that officers gained’t arrest teenagers for merely gathering, but if theybreak the legislation, then officers will take action.

“So we’re not sitting there standing on our hands, waiting for things, but we are engaging these young people and working to make sure they follow the laws, and when they do break the laws, we take strict law enforcement actions,” Brown stated.

When requested about classes discovered from the weekend at the unrelated information convention, Chief of Patrol Brian McDermott, who’s tasked with the operation plans, stated, “We’ll continue to improve as the summer goes on, and eventually, we’ll get this right. But when you think of hundreds, if not thousands of teens, as we had on Saturday, no matter how many officers we have down there, the situation is always going to be chaotic. It’s never going to be perfect. It’s never going to be pretty, but we’ll continue to improve and do our best.”

During Richardson’s first look in courtroom Monday, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy stated that Holliday jumped on Richardson’s again and punched him in the head earlier than Richardson fired the deadly shot.

As Richardson was being arrested, he informed police, “You guys ain’t gonna do nothing anyways, a hundred (expletive) walking toward me, what am I supposed to do? You all just sitting there, bro,” Murphy stated.

Richardson faces one rely of second-degree homicide alleging he killed Holliday in an unreasonable perception that he was justified in firing out of self-defense. Richardson can be charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, which means the case was robotically transferred to grownup courtroom.

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