Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Just like Leslie in Police Academy: 30 "Peacekeepers" in yellow will be on duty in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend

And to think Police Academy's Leslie Barbara is wearing a yellow jack in the below clip. 

While yes, Barbara hadn't entered the academy when he is humiliated by thugs, this scene could foreshadow who well the "Peacekeeper" approach to crime prevention in Chicago will go.

First, from the Chicago Sun-Times--free registration is required to access the article.

If there’s unrest downtown or mass shootings elsewhere in Chicago this Memorial Day holiday — often among the year’s most violent weekends — a special team of 30 “Peacekeepers” wearing yellow vests will be mobilized to help calm things down, state officials said Tuesday.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker authorized funding the anti-violence strategy in 2021 when he signed the Reimagine Public Safety Act, creating the state Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
More than 500 people have been hired as Peacekeepers, trained to deescalate conflicts in 102 “hot spots” in 14 Chicago communities.
They’re on duty from Tuesday through Saturday. The money for the program in the current budget year — $11 million — is set to increase to $30 million in the next year, according to state records.

 And now the clip. 

Spoiler alert. Barbara gets even with the thugs later in the film.

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