The corrupt and radical Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot has blood on her hands. Many of Chicago’s citizens will die because of Lightfoot’s blatant negligence and incompetence. It is a travesty that Lightfoot is allowed to keep her job. Remember that the carnage and chaos that we see in Chicago and other Democrat cities will be coming to your city if the Democrats take power in November.
Chicago Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot: "We do not need federal troops in Chicago. Period. Full stop." pic.twitter.com/fhReAdlkgw
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 10, 2020
Lori Lightfoot Rejects National Guard in Chicago After Night of Looting
By Breitbart, August 10, 2020
Chicago officials announced Monday morning that police would be placed on high alert, with 12-hour shifts and expanded patrols throughout the city after the Magnificent Mile downtown was attacked by organized looters overnight.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot stopped short, however, of calling for the National Guard, which had been used to protect the downtown area after an initial wave of riots in late May. There was no mention of federal law enforcement, either.
(Update: At a subsequent press conference, Lightfoot, standing alongside Governor J.B. Pritzker, said that “both of us believe this is not an incident that requires the National Guard. … We do not need federal troops in Chicago. Period. Full stop.” She added that President Donald Trump should help by enacting “common-sense gun control.” If Trump wanted to help, she said, he should not “rattle the saber” but rather enact gun control, which she said would provide “real safety.”)
Superintendent David Brown told journalists at a press conference (carried live on the Facebook page of local ABC affiliate WLS-7 TV) that the looting was triggered by a shooting on the South Side of Chicago, when a 20-year-old suspect who was fleeing police fired at officers in pursuit. After officers returned fire and injured the suspect, who was hospitalized and is expected to survive, a crowd gathered.
“Tempers flared, fueled by misinformation as the afternoon led into evening,” Brown said, and posts on social media called for downtown Chicago to be looted.”
People are live-streaming themselves looting in Chicago
Video via @LizJone26271417
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 10, 2020
Other neighborhoods in the city were also looted, according to police and local news reports:
— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) August 10, 2020
Though police mobilized in response, they were overwhelmed by “car caravans” that coordinated the looting. Police made 100 arrests and 13 officers were injured. Shots were fired at police, and a civilian and private security guard were hit by gunfire.
Brown said that the looters acted as if they believed there would be “no consequences,” and strongly suggested that the criminal justice system should impose harsher penalties on looters than it had done in the past. He noted that there had also been 31 shootings over the weekend, and three murders, and hundreds of guns recovered by Chicago police. He added that access to downtown Chicago would be restricted from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for the near future.
The mayor, who said the city had woken up “in shock,” angrily denounced the looting, which she said had no connection to legitimate protests. “This had nothing to do with legitimate, protected, First Amendment expression,” Lightfoot said.
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