Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down July 4 violence

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police department is following a familiar playbook for the July 4 holiday, which is typically one of the most violent weekends of the year, by flooding the city with officers and arresting dozens of people on drugs and weapons charges.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced Wednesday that an extra 1,500 officers will hit the streets, parks and lakefront over the long weekend.

The department said Tuesday that officers made 77 arrests during a 30-day sweep called “Operation Independence,” seizing several illegal weapons and about $400,000 worth of drugs.

Similar police operations in recent years have resulted in narcotics and gun seizures and kept known gang members locked up during the long holiday weekend.

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This story has been corrected to show “Operation Independence” lasted 30 days, not one day.

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