CTA, police vow to boost security after fatal Red Line shooting, the latest in violent year for transit agency

Police say they will provide more officers on transit, while the CTA plans to bring back its canine patrol force.

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Chicago police Supt. David Brown stands beside Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter as he speaks during a press conference at the Chicago Police Department Headquarters, Saturday afternoon.

Chicago police Supt. David Brown stands beside Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter as he speaks during a press conference at the Chicago Police Department Headquarters, Saturday afternoon.

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Chicago police and transit officials announced additional plans to increase security on L and subway trains and platforms after a 29-year-old man was fatally shot on a Red Line train early Saturday near Chatham.

Diunte Moon was on the train near the 100 block of West 79th Street at about 2:05 a.m. when someone walked up and shot him in the chest and abdomen, according to police. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died.

“Senseless gun violence and incidents like these, whether on the CTA or in our neighborhoods, have no place in this city. It is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” police Supt. David Brown said at a news conference Saturday. “No resident should think twice about their safety on any part of CTA or in our neighborhoods.”

As of mid-July, 488 attacks had been reported on the transit system — the most since 533 during the same period in 2011, according to a new Chicago Sun-Times analysis.

Violent crimes have accounted for more than 26% of all 1,863 crimes reported on the CTA this year. In 2018 and 2019, when there were far more riders, violent crimes amounted to 13% of the crimes.

Brown said additional police officers will be assigned to CTA trains and platforms starting Sunday, but he declined to share exactly how many more officers. The police presence on transit had already been increased earlier this year, Brown said.

“We are doing everything we can to stem these egregious acts of violence that occur on CTA,” said Dorval Carter Jr., president of the transit agency’s board.

In addition to the authority’s unarmed security force, the CTA will reinstate the use of canine patrols, Carter said. He did not provide additional details.

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