Chicago will host a NATO summit on May 20-21 but a related G-8 summit was moved to Camp David, reducing the threat of disruptive demonstrations, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. A leading demonstrator pledged the protests “will go forward” here despite the switch.
Pressed on whether Monday's change diminishes the need for the Chicago Police Department to call in reinforcements from outside the city, Lori Healey of the host committee said, “The [police] superintendent, working with the Secret Service, will modify security plans to take into account this schedule change. But, there are still the same amount of countries with the same amount of delegates coming to Chicago.” More than two thirds of the police department's 12,000 have gone through training for the summits. “This doesn't change the planning or preparation of the Chicago Police Department. Our preparation and priorities remain the same — ensuring the public safety of our communities throughout the city, those participating in the summit as attendees as well as protecting the First Amendment rights of those who wish to exercise them,” said Melissa Stratton, a police spokeswoman.