It would seem as if the cops of Chicago are readying for battle. The city has approved money to purchase 8,500 new face shields in the coming month. But, the city isn’t going to war, they are merely preparing for violent(?) confrontations with protestors.
The NATO conference is coming to the city in May. And though the G8 summit was supposed to be held at the same time, that meeting has been moved to Camp David. Though the G-8 is believed to be the most controversial of the two, the city is still gearing up for thousands of protestors to descend in May.
The face shields fit over police helmets, according to the Chicago Tribune and are designed to protect the face of officers from projectiles and liquids, should they be thrown. Total cost of the shields: $757,657.
This contract to get face shields followed another recent deal to get the city 3,057 shields at the price of $193,000. That’s nearly a million dollars for over 10,000 face shields. The department has about 12,244 sworn officers, many of which don’t leave their desk jobs.
City police have been training for the protests and are prepared for mass arrests and potential conflict. While protestors coming to the city during this time will likely range from completely peaceful to branches of anarchists, there’s little doubt that the cops will meet them all outfitted in riot gear and looking like soldiers from the future.
It is the Constitutional right of all Americans to peacefully assemble, to protest the government. But in the name of crowd control or keeping things peaceful, the police often make hundreds, if not thousands of arrests at these sort of gatherings.
Police Department spokesperson Melissa Stratton “would not say” how many officers were going to be wearing the new shields when the NATO summit happens, but did say the upcoming date provided the department an opportunity to upgrade all shields. The cost was covered by Homeland Security money.
The police are preparing to make arrests. When you put a face shield, helmet, and riot gear on a cop, they will be prepared for a riot. There is little doubt that we will be hearing all sorts of reports of use of force and mass arrests in May during the meeting of international dignitaries.
The majority of arrests will likely be made for things like disorderly conduct or resisting arrest. These charges are common in situations of civil disobedience.
Whether you were protesting or simply getting on a police officer’s nerves, you could face a disorderly conduct charge. Contact us today to discuss what these charges mean and how we might be able to help.