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CTA riders expressed confusion and concern after encountering a security checkpoint—which included bag checks and Department of Homeland Security personnel—at a North Side Red Line stop on Tuesday morning.
A Chicago police department spokesperson confirmed that officers from the Public Transportation Section “were conducting bag checks” at the Addison Red Line station on Tuesday morning. “This is part of routine checks conducted randomly around the city,” police said. Homeland Security also participated in the security detail, CPD confirmed to Chicagoist.
The DHS presence at the CTA stop on Tuesday was that of the (at-times controversial) Visible Intermodal Prevention & Response personnel (VIPR), which falls under TSA's expanded purview, Thomas Kelly, of Homeland Security's Office of the Director/Public Affairs, confirmed. VIPR is deployed in concert with local police departments "in a random and unpredictable manner" as means of deterring terrorism, according to the TSA.
Rumors circulating on social media about immigration checks occurring at CTA stations in Chicago are not true, authorities said Wednesday.
The Chicago Police Department, in conjunction with agents from the Department of Homeland Security, conducted “random bag checks” at the CTA’s Addison Red Line station in the city’s Lake View neighborhood on Tuesday, according to police.
originally posted by: xuenchen
Wild rumors flying all around because some Chicago Transit trains are spot checking bags and what not on rapid transit trains.
People wondering what's going on and think there's something ready to "happen".
Social media panicking.
The Police confirm the checkpoints are real and they say DHS is involved !!
Lots of nervous nellies are reacting !!
originally posted by: conspiracy nut
a reply to: Arizonaguy
what do you know about chicago? carnage laden from illegal alien thugs? you're painting the wrong picture, the majority of immigrant people in chicago (legal or illegal) are decent law abiding citizens. the gang/thug mentality in chicago started a long long time ago by immigrants from ireland and italy (al capone was an illegal immigrant btw).