Chicago police, FBI to boost pride parade security

FILE - In this June 28, 2015 file photo, people smile and gesture during the annual Chicago Pride Parade in Chicago. The coordinator for Chicago's 2016 upcoming gay pride parade said Wednesday, June 15, 2016, that organizers will hire dozens more off-duty police officers than they did last year after city officials asked them to beef up security in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
FILE – In this June 28, 2015 file photo, people smile and gesture during the annual Chicago Pride Parade in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida has prompted the department to beef up security at this weekend’s gay pride festival and next weekend’s gay pride parade.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday that there’s no information about any credible threat to the parade but that the additional uniformed and plainclothes officers will be dispatched out of “an abundance of caution.”

In Colorado, organizers of the pride parade in Denver say they are taking similar precautions.

The Chicago parade has drawn nearly 1 million people and organizers say they expect crowds this year will be as big or larger as many in the LGBT community have told them they want to demonstrate their solidarity with the victims of the massacre in Orlando.

 

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