Large crowds injure 3 cops, damage CPD squad cars on northwest and southwest sides overnight

A crowd of people charges at a Chicago police squad car on the Northwest Side early on July 3. 2022. | Twitter

Crowds of people threw rocks and fireworks at Chicago police officers while others climbed onto occupied CPD squad cars as cops responded to disturbances on the city’s northwest and southwest sides overnight. Two officers received minor injuries, and three patrol cars were damaged, according to CPD reports.

No arrests were made, police said.

The first incident occurred in the 4000 block of North Milwaukee in Portage Park around 2:27 a.m. A 35-year-old officer was responding to a call of drag racers blocking the street when an object struck his windshield, causing it to shatter. The officer, who has been on the force for about ten years, stopped his car.

Videos posted to social media on Sunday morning show what happened next. Watch:

Officers at the scene said someone threw lit fireworks into the officer’s car after its doors were opened. The cop was treated and released for shards of glass in his arm and neck and back pain.

A similar scene unfolded shortly after 3 a.m. in the 4300 block of South Pulaski.

A CPD spokesperson said that police were responding to a large group of drag racers causing disturbances when they were confronted by a crowd blocking the roadway.

Someone in the crowd threw an object that shattered the officer’s patrol car window. She was hit on the head, neck, and body by flying glass.

The crowd threw an object at a second squad car at the scene, too. The officer inside the vehicle was treated and released, the CPD spokesperson said.

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