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Toni Preckwinkle addresses security incidents
2021-10-08

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released a statement regarding two recent situations connected with her security detail.

"In the past few months, there have been two separate incidents when members of my Executive Detail have been attacked at gunpoint while on duty. [They occurred] July 27 and Sept. 27.

"Since these random acts occurred in the City of Chicago, the investigating agency is the Chicago Police Department. Both cases remain under investigation by the CPD. A separate internal investigation is being conducted by the Forest Preserves of Cook County Law Enforcement Department.

"To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, we followed the standard procedure of allowing the lead law enforcement agency, CPD, to determine what information is shared and when.

"Prior to these incidents, there have been no known instances over the past decade of a member of my Executive Detail being attacked or involved in an officer-related shooting.

"This underscores just how close to home violence is today and as random acts of violence continue to escalate in the City, serves as a reminder that no one is immune.

"While police reports were immediately filed in both instances, the public has shown an interest in wanting to also be notified about such incidents. Still, there remains an ongoing and delicate balance of the public's interest in knowing while not compromising an ongoing investigation and risk breaking security protocols."


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