Ald. Anthony Napolitano is urging Chicagoans to support the Chicago police Department during National Police Week, which started Sunday.
Residents are encouraged to pick up blue balloons, ribbons or porch lights from his 41st Ward office to show solidarity with the city’s police force. Items are available for free through Friday.
Vittorio noted that the initiative was receiving a “huge response.”
“Now, more than ever it's time to show appreciation for the hard work our police officers do and honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our City,” Napolitano Chief of Staff Chris Vitorrio told Ward Room.
The CPD came under fire after dash-cam footage of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Chicago teen Laquan Mcdonald was made public last November.
As a result, CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy was ousted from his post and replaced by department veteran Eddie Johnson.
Napolitano was a member of the CPD for five years before leaving to join the Chicago Fire Department. He subsequently served the CFD for 10 years before taking a political leave of absence.
He has strong family ties to the CPD, including his father who is a retired officer.
National Police Week was created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. The commemorative week includes Peace Officers Memorial Day, which falls on May 15.