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Garry McCarthy Talks Officer Bar Codes, NATO Lakeview Protest, Not Bridgeport Arrests

The police chief refuses several questions about the long investigation that ended in a pre-emptive raid, but discusses facilitating unplanned street protests and why the CPD has bar codes on their arms.

ABC7 has a good, raw-video interview with Garry McCarthy. He’s very insistent on not talking about the arrests in Bridgeport, a month-long investigation that either ended up with the seizure of bomb-making equipment or beer-making equipment or something else, but there’s other interesting details. Among them: why they didn’t arrest anyone for the Bridgeport-arrests protest that ended up in the streets of Lakeview (“if you want to rally or parade, you should do it on the sidewalk, but if there comes a point where there are too many people, we can facilitate it in the streets… it’s not such a big deal") and why officers are wearing bar codes on their arms (hint: it’s like a FedEx tracking system for arrests).

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