CHICAGO, Illinois – After revelers took over the streets overnight on Friday while celebrating Mexican Independence Day, the Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, and the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, David Brown, expressed their frustrations with the situation on Saturday.
“It is time for us to declare that enough is enough. And we have to establish a clear boundary, “a statement made by the mayor during a press conference held on Saturday. “You are free to enjoy yourself, but you must do so in a manner that does not violate the rights of others or endanger their safety,”
During the celebration, Lightfoot urged people to “exercise common sense” and be respectful, and she warned that the city would not accept behavior that gave the impression that Chicago was an unsafe place to be.
The police reported that the situation was generally calm, but there were a few isolated occurrences that required their attention. These incidents included at least two shootings and a carjacking.
After several hours of being obstructed by thousands of people on foot and in vehicles, traffic was finally allowed to flow freely around the downtown area early on Saturday morning.
The streets were lined with people riding in cars that were decorated with flags and playing loud music. In the throng, some individuals let off fireworks, while others danced and waved flags as they were out in the street.
In recent years, it appears as though these celebrations have become more widespread, spreading from the surrounding neighborhoods into the Loop.
“People should make the most of this opportunity to socialize and have a good time together. Having said that, there were a few instances that occurred last night as a result of the car caravan that was driving through downtown that crossed the line “Brown stated.
Brown detailed an incident in which a law enforcement officer required medical attention after being struck in the face with a frozen water bottle. That cop is currently recuperating at home.
Brown continued by saying, “We want you to rejoice and we want you to enjoy yourself, but we also cannot – we cannot allow this kind of behavior that jeopardizes our public safety.” “We cannot tolerate this kind of behavior that jeopardizes our public safety.”
Huge groups of people took control of the streets and blocked traffic all across the Loop for the duration of the celebrations, which continued until the wee hours of the morning.
“Here in Chicago, we have nearly a century’s worth of Mexican-American history right at our fingertips. Each and every year, on the holiday commemorating Mexican independence, as well as the days leading up to and following that holiday, we totally embrace and are proud of the Mexican legacy that our city possesses “Lightfoot added. “However, a word of caution is in order. To ensure that everyone is able to take pleasure in the festivities, it is imperative that they be conducted in an orderly and secure manner.”
The mayor and superintendent drew attention to the fact that the gridlock prevented first responders and emergency vehicles from providing crucial care around the city, so “presenting a hazard to public safety.”
Brown stated that the Chicago Police Department now has a new plan that is in place to assist in keeping the Loop secure. As the Loop becomes more congested, authorities will start implementing periodic closures across the area. Additionally, for the first time ever, officers will start utilizing tire deflation devices to pull anyone over who is spotted drifting.
He also warned that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) is towing cars that have been identified as contributing to some of the hazards to public safety, such as drag racing and drifting, and he added that “you could be towed at a later point with fines up to $10,000.”
The celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which takes place every year on September 16, commemorates the year 1810, which was the year that Mexico declared its independence from Spain.
During the course of the night, the police increased the number of patrols they conducted while some officers dressed for a riot attempted to control the congestion.
People are being asked to celebrate Mexican Independence Day in a safe manner throughout the rest of the weekend by city leaders and the Chicago police department. Several festivals are scheduled to take place this weekend in celebration of Mexican Independence Day. City leaders have encouraged people to attend these festivals.
According to the police, the majority of the masses that had been there overnight dispersed between the hours of 3 and 5 in the morning.
“The night before, there was a clear manifestation of cultural pride, and we observed a large number of people celebrating in a safe manner around our city. But what was also on exhibit last night, unfortunately, I think detracted from the celebration of this significant milestone of Mexico’s independence “According to Lightfoot.
In conjunction with the celebrations, the police have reported that seven people have been taken into custody and 16 vehicles have been seized.
The celebration of Mexican ancestry and culture will take place this weekend across the city at a number of different events, all of which have been deemed safe and polite by the mayor.
People are expected to head to the 10th annual Pilsen Fest on Saturday, as well as the Mexican Patriotic Parade on Sunday near 87th Street, as part of the celebrations, which are likely to continue throughout the weekend as they have in past years.
During Pilsen Fest, La Casa Del Pueblo Taqueria will be offering traditional tamales from Northern Mexico in addition to other regional delicacies from different parts of Mexico.
At La Casa Del Pueblo, George Haro was quoted as saying, “Right now we need to accept it, the same type of people, and it doesn’t matter to me whether you are black, brown, or white.” “A holiday has been declared. Let’s celebrate.”
The outdoor celebration, which honors the prosperous history and present of the community, is completely free to attend.
Esmirna Garcia, the festival’s originator, claimed that they intended to make it available to everyone. “Our neighborhood is home to a wealth of undiscovered talent,” said the resident.
All of this serves as a wonderful reminder of the positive things that are occurring for this town.
Maria Vazquez, a resident of Little Village, expressed her pride in her heritage by saying, “I am extremely proud of my Mexican people.” “I see a lot of people working a lot for Chicago, and we are doing so well,” said the mayor. “We are doing so well.”
The festivities have spread out into the suburbs as well, with the city of Aurora hosting a Hispanic Pioneers Breakfast, which was then followed by a ceremony to raise the Mexican flag.