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Rockford beefs up security for parade after Waukesha

November 24, 2021 GMT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) —

In the aftermath the deadly incident at a Christmas parade last weekend in Wisconsin, officials in Rockford say they are beefing up security for this year’s Stroll on State parade this Saturday.

Attendees of this year’s parade can expect to see a lot more uniformed police officers and barricades at the perimeter of the event to keep any unauthorized vehicles from getting onto the parade route and festival grounds, the Rockford Register Star reported.

In a news release, the city of Rockford says that the roadway called Chestnut Street west of the Rock River and Walnut Street east of the river will be closed to vehicular traffic from 10:30 am until 9 p.m. Saturday.

The changes to the Rockford Parade were announced just days after a man driving an SUV in Waukesha, about 80 miles northeast, plowed into a Christmas parade on Sunday, killing six people and injuring more than 60 more.

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Darrell Brooks Jr. 39, has been charged with several counts of first-degree intentional homicide for what prosecutors allege was an intentional effort to strike marchers and spectators. His bail has been set at $5 million, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 14.