CHICAGO — Mexican Independence Day celebrations and the city’s response to them created traffic chaos in and around downtown during the weekend. Chicago Police Supt. David Brown gave a safety briefing Monday morning.
The superintendent received a number of questions about his department’s handling of the Independence Day celebrations downtown. The police department at one point in the middle of the weekend had to step up their efforts to try to manage the crowds who took over downtown streets.
Watch Brown’s full press conference in the video below.
Thousands of people traveling in caravans flooded the Loop, the Magnificent Mile and DuSable Lake Shore Drive for three straight nights to celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain.
The crowds caused major traffic jams, shut down intersections for dance parties and set off fireworks for several hours.
Two men were shot in the Loop during the chaos around 1 a.m. Saturday on East Wacker Drive. Also, five people were robbed and carjacked in the 1400 block of South DuSable Lake Shore Drive while participating …