CPD influenced by Boston
Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy said the events that transpired at the Boston Marathon this year will dictate a stricter security presence at the Chicago Blackhawks' celebration of their Stanley Cup on Friday, including "a lot" of bomb-sniffing dogs.
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Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy said backpacks will be searched and coolers prohibited from the Blackhawks' championship rally Friday.
"And this is obviously in the wake of what happened in Boston. We're taking all possible precautions."
The bombings in Boston also resulted in Miami officials banning backpacks from the Heat's championship celebration Monday.
Blackhawks players and team personnel will be on double-decker buses departing the United Center at 10:30 a.m. CT. The parade will end at the rally at Hutchinson Field, located on Columbus Drive between Balbo Avenue and Roosevelt Road. There will be two public entrances to the rally, located at Jackson and Michigan and Congress and Michigan.
"The first and most important thing is we're going to have zero tolerance for alcohol," McCarthy said. "We're looking for a family-friendly event, and the fact is we don't want people getting stupid and running over kids or whatever the case may be."
Although the celebration of the Hawks clinching the Cup on Monday did not produce many arrests, McCarthy said he was disappointed that any arrests had to be made. The largest crowds gathered in Wrigleyville.
"We're well-trained for crowd control," McCarthy said. "You saw what we did during [the NATO summit in May 2012]. These men and women [of the CPD] are amazing. I'm proud of our officers, but I'm kind of disappointed with the results we got up in Wrigleyville."
McCarthy also cautioned people about the presence of the dogs, although he emphasized that there is no known threat to the parade or rally.
"There's absolutely no threat," he said. "We're working very closely with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. There's absolutely no threat to this parade, but we're naturally taking every precaution that we can and we're going to have a lot of dogs out there. And don't anybody be alarmed by that. That's a good thing."