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Illinois Governor Deploys Yellow-Vested ‘Peacekeepers’ to Chicago for Memorial Day Weekend

Illinois Governor Deploys Yellow-Vested ‘Peacekeepers’ to Chicago for Memorial Day Weekend

“This is another important step towards addressing violence and conflict through research-based, community-focused approaches.”

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker is deploying a team of yellow-vested ‘Peacekeepers’ to Chicago this Memorial Day weekend to respond to and prevent acts of violence.

What could possibly go wrong?

CBS News reports:

Teams of ‘peacekeepers’ to be deployed around Chicago for Memorial Day weekend

The Governor’s Office is deploying anti-violence workers across Chicago ahead of the holiday weekend, calling them “peacekeepers.”

Gov. JB Pritzker’s program is modeled after two existing groups in the city. CBS 2’s Tara Molina spoke to a peacekeeper with one of those groups who’s been doing this kind of work for years.

While other types of operations in the city are based in neighborhoods, this new unit is going to be mobile and can respond to or work in other areas.

They’re trained to handle what police call “large group incidents,” which the city has already seen ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kickoff to summer.

Behind the fencing and security checkpoints surrounding Millennium Park, anyone under age 18 is required to have adult supervision after 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. If there are gatherings of unsupervised minors, that’s an example of one situation the governor’s new unit of about 30 peacekeepers is fully trained to handle and de-escalate.

Here’s a local video report:

Here’s more from Bloomberg, via Chicago Business:

Chicago readies ‘Peacekeepers’ to prevent Memorial Day crime wave

Illinois is readying a special team to tackle potential violence and prevent crises in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend.

The Citywide Crisis Prevention & Response unit will coordinate with community-based organizations to deploy more than 30 trained neighborhood “peacekeepers,” Governor JB Pritzker said in a statement Thursday.

The Memorial Day weekend is one of the most violent holidays of the year for Chicago. The citywide response will be a test for Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, who took office this month, pledging to tackle public safety by being smart, not just tough.

“The most important work we do is keeping our communities safe,” Pritzker said. “This is another important step towards addressing violence and conflict through research-based, community-focused approaches.”

This is what ‘Defund the Police’ looks like in reality. Tasking members of the community with the dangerous job of keeping the peace.

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What was that old Texas slogan….one riot one ranger?

are they going to be wearing body armor
cuz when the lead starts to fly yellow vests not going to stop much ….

    alaskabob in reply to jqusnr. | May 27, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    No armor, but nice bullseyes. Have them give out bags of cocaine and meth to all the good boiz and gurlz. Since black adult men are not as respected as women… white or black…. this will not be pretty. . but if they want real time experiments… have at it.

    diver64 in reply to jqusnr. | May 29, 2023 at 6:23 am

    I’d like to hear some interviews with these bulletproof men and women. What the hell are they thinking?

nordic prince | May 27, 2023 at 3:06 pm

Sounds more like a protection racket.

reverendken | May 27, 2023 at 3:21 pm

I hope that taco truck told all the yellow vests to find somewhere else to eat.

Prepare for videos of crimes carried out as these people watch and do nothing at all.

The Gentle Grizzly | May 27, 2023 at 3:45 pm

How many end up shot or stomped?

E Howard Hunt | May 27, 2023 at 3:57 pm

Don’t forget that these yellow protectors are researched-based and community-focused. It makes for a lovely epitaph.

Basically I was channel surfing when I heard about this Chicago Beach..

Where were the Peace Keepers????

In other words: witnesses in yellow vests.


    Suburban Farm Guy in reply to | May 27, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    “…one of those groups who’s been doing this kind of work for years…”

    Oh? They’re so successful that Chicago’s crime rate has gone to zero. Amazingly astonishing success such that we’ve never heard of them. Their brilliance could inspire a crime- and conflict-free world in no time. Too modest, we guess. Don’t want to be seen boasting too much.

    What idiot is moron enough to buy a syllable of this shite? Okay, might as well let them try. MS-13 et al might respect a yellow vest; after all, Satan respects pronouns.

Does this mean Illinois is joining the yellow vest protest against French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies?

Subotai Bahadur | May 27, 2023 at 5:07 pm

1) This being Democrat run Chicago where no crime goes punished. this is going to be most untidy.

2) However, if the Governor of Illinois has the authority to deploy unarmed Peace Keepers in the midst of civil disorder, does that mean that Governors in America have the authority to call out and deploy the armed Unorganized Militia to preserve order . . . in the event of civil disorder by the Left? If not, why not? [10 U.S. Code § 246 (b) (2)]

Subotai Bahadur

    Eric R. in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | May 28, 2023 at 6:51 am

    What are you talking about?

    There is no civil disorder on the left! It is anti-racist freedom of speech and mostly peaceful!


henrybowman | May 27, 2023 at 5:29 pm

Start the country off with the Second Amendment, for people to protect themselves, task the whole of the militia (the people) with enforcing laws.
Introduce “police officers” to “keep the peace.”
Militarize the shit out of them over 150 years until they look like armies.
Defund them.
Introduce “peacekeepers” to “keep the peace.”

You go back, Jack, and do it again /
Wheel turnin’ round and round /
You go back, Jack, and do it again…

    BierceAmbrose in reply to henrybowman. | May 29, 2023 at 5:19 pm

    You left out “prosecute the hell out of anyone who dares defend themselves, regardless of the harm or threat.”

    Really, how can the do their deniable extortion by proxy if the proles have the right and means to protect themselves? (How many advancing AK-wielders does it take before one may shoot back? Explicit threats to kill people on a subway car?)

    “Nice life you have there. Would be a shame if someone came for it while we’re inspecting our fingernails, and you could do nothing. I do wonder, though, is there something we can do to get them all wee-wee’d up? (Would be a shame if we cleared space, and nobody rioted.)”

Meanwhile, at Chicago O’hare Airport, a fight fight fight at the baggage carousel.

The usual suspects involved. No yElLoW vEsTs, though.

Also, North Avenue Beach closed after shots fired amid large fight Friday, no injuries reported.

The usual suspects involved. No yElLoW vEsTs, though.


inspectorudy | May 27, 2023 at 6:30 pm

This will be as effective as the “Gun Free Zone” signs.

Unfortunately, I could see shooting one of these as an initiation rite for these gangbangers.

Peace Keepers?
Do you not have a taxpayer-funded police department that is already established with the proper infrastructure?

    Eric R. in reply to scooterjay. | May 28, 2023 at 6:52 am

    Don’t you know anything? Police are racist oppressors, not peacekeepers!

    Please do try to keep up!


amatuerwrangler | May 27, 2023 at 8:53 pm

For those wishing to keep score at home is a good source. They are covering this weekend as the opening days of their “Summer of Joy”. Data includes locations, times, and victim info.

As of 0800 (Chicago time) the count is 3 homicides, 13 wounded.

drsamherman | May 28, 2023 at 1:02 am

As if these “social workers” could stop anything but a bottle of whiskey from being waylaid past them.

Well, that does it.

I am sure the Crips and the Bloods are surrendering en masse at this very moment….


Does Kevlar come in yellow?

Okay the results are in. The NAACP issues new warning, “Stay away from Florida because it’s dangerous.”

Whatever contrived, euphemistic moniker the vile and stupid Dumb-o-crats give their policing alternatives, the practical translation is, “More coddling and enabling of criminal sociopaths.”

CaliforniaJimbo | May 28, 2023 at 1:37 pm

They should have recruited the yellow vest people from France. The ones who were protesting macron. They could have handled things.

Alex deWynter | May 28, 2023 at 7:29 pm

Clearly I picked the wrong week to quit popcorn.

He would have been better to get Antifa and BLM to run around as targets. At least that would have removed some of those rioters and looters from further “protests”

BierceAmbrose | May 29, 2023 at 5:23 pm

So, redirect some of the police budget to people who couldn’t, or don’t want to pass intake as uniformed police. One wonders why. Anybodywant to give odds these “peacekeepers” will be in the SEIU?