The majority of the security plans for the NATO summit still remains a secret, however Chicago has already undergone a series measures for the summit on May 20-21.
The city’s security alterations, which according to Don Zoufal, a safety and security expert at System Development Integration and Legal Advisor of Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police is a way to control the traffic congestion.
However the main concern Chicagoans should beware of is the terrorization from violent anarchist groups leading up to the NATO summit. Zoufal said some individuals are bent on destruction such as Black Bloc and Anonymous—and are relying on a police over reaction.
“There is a core group of individuals that will come to Chicago with the expressed purpose of disrupting the city and then there is even a smaller core within that that will come here with the expressed intent of causing significant damage to property,” said Zoufal.
The anarchist protest groups, Black Bloc and Anonymous are predicted to use violence as a way to reach a wide audience. These individuals are not connected to Occupy Chicago or other peaceful protestors, however Zoufal said that the group dresses in black clothing and creates public turmoil that could turn violent.
“Their plan is to come in with a group, get to a point where they decide to engage in their more violent demonstration. Then go out and damage the property, get rid of the stuff and blend back into the crowd,” said Zoufal, “It makes it very difficult for police to address.”