Chicago police to boost patrols over Memorial Day weekend

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says additional officers will be on the city’s streets, in its parks and along its lakefront during the Memorial Day weekend.

Johnson wouldn’t say how many extra officers will be working on what has become one of the most violent weekends of last year. But he did say officers have been told they can work on their days off and the total number of officers working will be in the thousands.

Johnson’s announcement Thursday came a year after Chicago endured a particularly bloody Memorial Day weekend. It ended with 14 homicides _ one more than the total for the two previous years combined. There were 48 shooting incidents during the last holiday, the same number as the combined total for 2013 and 2014.