I received this note from a friend of mine in Chicago: “Chicago is destroyed. All of Michigan ave is looted and boarded up. Oak Street is looted and boarded up. Violence crept up into the north side.”
UPDATE: “I’m listening to the police scanner and there are TON of reports of looting. 7/11’s liquor stores, phone stores. The north side of Chicago is been looted tonight!”
River North is burning right now. Gunshots, spot grenades, firecrackers. Windows being broken everywhere, every shop destroyed. What is looting small businesses and pharmacies going to get you? The message is being lost because of these fools #ChicagoRiots pic.twitter.com/CirvJIAAmd
— Akshay (@Akshay10) May 31, 2020
Why not send your cash to the many small business owners that were looted all night in Chicago? We had NO POLICE protection! These stores are all small businesses which were already hurting. Now, they probably will no reopen. #ChicagoRiots #LootingIsNotProtesting pic.twitter.com/aqJB6M5XR7
— Tom Feddor (@tomfeddor) May 31, 2020
— N. Elizondo (@Elizondo23n) May 31, 2020
This is a couple storefronts down from @DaughterStPaul #Chicago storefront Michigan Ave. Looters broke into the store but did not make it anywhere upstairs to the Convent. This is a war. This is not canonizing the martyrdom of ADOS lives. The #Paraclete, St #JosephineBakhita opn+ pic.twitter.com/EgSA1FHE7W
— allie 👋 🤷♀️ (@amarikidd) May 31, 2020
— Milton Keynes (@bluetroll21) May 31, 2020
I am a black man along with many other black families that live in River North. I am NOT RICH. We live here, work here and pay our taxes. We needed resources here. Does my black life and livliehood not matter. All our resources are looted and destroyed. #ChicagoRiots pic.twitter.com/GV6TSSMoe1
— Cortri Trotter (@CortriTrotter) May 31, 2020
— DRACO (@DRACOSYT) May 31, 2020
— Mama Nat (@hubernatalie1) June 1, 2020
Looting spreads through Chicago, suburbs
As South Side stores were broken into and vandalized, suburban malls closed after reports of looting.
By Nader Issa and Jermaine Nolen, Chicago Sun Times, May 31, 2020, 8:30pm CDT
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A South Side Walmart was targeted by looters Sunday afternoon.
A South Side Walmart was targeted by looters Sunday afternoon. Jermaine Nolen/Sun-Times
While peaceful protests against police brutality continued Sunday in the wake of George Floyd’s death, fires, broken windows, looted stores and spray-painted walls — scenes that earlier in the day left downtown Chicago picking up the pieces from a night of protest and rioting — moved across the city and suburbs as authorities blocked access to the Loop.
Despite a scattered police presence across the city leaving some pockets open for looting without officers responding, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at her first of two Sunday press briefings she had heard reports of incidents and police were on the way to “determine if the rumors were true, and if so, to take action.”
“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of rumor and innuendo that’s floating around, but we are going to be prepared — we are prepared — and officers will respond accordingly in the event there is any effort to loot anywhere in the city,” the mayor said, referencing rumors of a burning South Side funeral home that turned out to be false.
But several shopping corridors, including near 35th, 79th, 87th and 95th Streets, were targeted by looters.
Near a main shopping area at 25th Street in Little Village, a large group of community members appeared to be standing guard in front of neighborhood stores, throwing bottles at passing cars to keep them away. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, groups of officers in riot gear were posted at strip mall entrances.
Farther south, a Walgreens and T-Mobile at 35th Avenue and King Drive were broken into, with pieces of broke glass strewn outside and city garbage cans thrown at the windows.
A Walmart at 47th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue had shattered and spray-painted windows, and shopping carts and debris were littered around the building. Officers yelled through a bullhorn for looters to “please disperse,” but police largely stayed away from the crowds in that area. An armed security guard later came through the area walking around the Walmart looking for looters, sending people running.
Several suburbs set curfews as officials brace for unrest
In west suburban Lombard, village officials closed the Yorktown Center shopping mall and two nearby plazas after reports of damage in the area.
“The Village of Lombard has been notified by nearby communities that they are experiencing vehicles and groups traveling along the Butterfield and Roosevelt Road Corridors causing damage,” officials said in an alert to residents urging them to avoid the area.
A nearby Walmart and the Oakbrook Center, an outdoor shopping mall, were closed and blocked off by police.
Orland Park was one of several suburbs to impose a curfew, and barriers were set up around Orland Square Mall after reports of “disturbances,” officials there said. At least three arrests were made in Orland Park, two for attempted burglary of a jewelry store.
Other suburbs declaring a curfew Sunday night included Alsip, Berwyn, Brookfield, Country Club Hills, Oak Park, Palos Park and Tinley Park.
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