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Teenagers responsible for multiple attacks in Downtown Chicago

Michigan Avenue by kthypryn via Michigan Avenue shoppers will be seeing more police again this summer. Photo credit: Michigan Avenue by kthypryn via creative commons

The Sun-Times reported today that Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy would respond aggressively to the recent attacks and muggings by groups of teenagers that took place in Downtown Chicago this past weekend.

The most recent attack occurred about 10 p.m. Sunday, when a group of teens punched and kicked a man in the 800 block of North Dewitt. A short time later an out-of-town couple were attacked and robbed by a mob of youths on the Red Line at State and Lake, officials said.

Last year we were treated to the flash mob attacks along Chicago’s Gold Coast. In response to those attacks additional officers, uniformed and plain clothes were dispatched to the area and the attacks ceased. Supt. McCarthy, “We will use the same thing we used last year,” “We’re going to have a high deployment [of officers] on Michigan Avenue.”

One would expect police officers to be spread pretty thin, since McCarthy is also aggressively taking action to bring down the gang violence on the south and west sides.

On Monday, McCarthy also addressed the 223 murders and 967 shootings so far this year. He said murder is up 36 percent and shootings are up 11 percent compared with the same period of 2011. But he said shootings and murders were down about 8 percent so far in the second quarter compared with 2011.

The police will have their hands full trying to be everywhere at once so it would be in your best interests to pay more attention to who is nearby and what is going on around you.

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Ed Kress
For over 40 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. With the help of local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed developed a program focused on personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains and a wide variety of martial arts techniques.

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