Chicago group sends skilled martial artists to patrol public transportation in wake of crime surge

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A Chicago group is taking issues into its personal fingers in the case of defending folks by sending skilled martial artists and former army members out to patrol trains throughout the Chicago Transit Authority on Friday.

Volunteers with the group Violence Interrupters despatched round 10 people who find themselves unarmed to patrol trains alongside the Crimson Line on Friday, in response to ABC7.

Tio Hardiman, government director of Violence Interrupters, instructed Each day Put up Digital that the volunteers usually are not police, however wish to deter crime earlier than it begins.

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Passengers along with pigeons warm themselves under heat lamps at the Chicago Transit Authority's Washington/Wells

Passengers together with pigeons heat themselves below warmth lamps on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Washington/Wells “L” station in Chicago’s famed Loop on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. 
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“Our job is to try to stop or deter somebody from taking advantage of another person. We’re not the police. We don’t plan to arrest anybody. But I believe that most of the time when we’re on a train, the young guys that are thinking about attacking somebody, they might just change their mind when they see all the violence interrupters on the trains, of course,” Hardiman mentioned.

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He mentioned that his staff consists of individuals skilled in martial arts, judo, and even have army expertise.

Violent crime throughout the CTA has elevated by 17% when in comparison with final yr.

If any scenario escalates on a practice that’s being patrolled, he mentioned that the volunteers will intervene.

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A Chicago Transit Authority Green Line train travels West away from downtown Chicago, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Chicago. 

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“When the people call 9-1-1 nine and a half times out of 10, the crime has already been committed. Someone has been hurt or assaulted already…We have a dual role, a dual role that we play. For example, we would definitely intervene,” he mentioned. “At the same time, if a young person needs some help, we’ll direct them to the help they might need opposed to just trying to take advantage of people.”

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Hardiman believes that there must be an elevated police presence on public transportation in Chicago, however mentioned one easy factor that town can do is to ask law enforcement officials to take the practice to and from work.

 

“That’s cost-effective right there. That’s one way police can have a presence,” Hardiman mentioned.

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