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Chicago Police ‘Increase Security’ for Lunar New Year Celebrations

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The Chicago Police Department announced Monday that it will increase its police presence at Sunday’s Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown.

In a statement, the Chicago Police Department said, “While Chicago does not have actionable information, we are increasing security for our Lunar New Year celebrations over the next few days by increasing our visibility and presence at these events. .

Parade organizers said safety was always at the top of the list. “Unfortunately, the recent US position doesn’t seem to do that,” he said. ”

Lee also said the organizers have hired additional security guards.

“I wouldn’t say we’re pins and needles, but we’re all very conscious and vigilant,” Lee said.

Sunday’s parade marks the first Lunar New Year parade since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Chicago. Beginning at 1:00 PM, take off from 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue and head north through Wentworth to Sermack Street and Wentworth Lookout.

Tommy Wong of the Huiting Association helps Kenmond Xavier Ng, 5, left, and Ariana Ng, 6, present gifts to celebrate the Lunar New Year to the Lions along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown on February 21, 2021. Mr. (center). new year. The Year of the Ox began with lion dances throughout the neighborhood instead of traditional parades due to the pandemic.

Aldo. His 25-year-old Sigcho-Lopez said he had discussed safety concerns with community leaders over the weekend. He said community members were able to work with aldermen and police departments to develop a safety plan.

“We are confident in our safety plans and will be able to proceed with this fun event in a safe environment.

Aldo. Nicole Lee, number 11, said in a written statement: We deserve to enjoy this celebration of our culture and community, and we do so with pride as we have for generations. ”

Lunar New Year celebrations kicked off in Chicago over the weekend, but celebraters refused to live in fear after gunmen killed 11 people and injured nine others in Monterey Park, Calif., on Saturday night. Police have not released a motive. The suspect was found dead by police the next day in a white van in nearby Torrance.

Hate crimes against Asians have increased fivefold in the past three years, according to Chicago police data.

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