The mayor of Chicago delivered a fiery diatribe against people who were seen on video looting establishments in the city’s Magnificant Mile upscale shopping area early Monday morning, describing the scene as “straight-up felony activity.” Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke in no uncertain terms while addressing the media hours later, according to a local news reporter who live-tweeted the press conference.
Lightfoot also called on Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Kim Foxx, challenging her to prosecute those arrested for the looting on the same morning that the Chicago Tribune published a scathing report saying the city’s top law enforcement officer has dropped a growing number of felony cases.
Social media video showed dozens if not hundreds of people in downtown Chicago breaking into everything from a shopping mall to a car dealership. At least two people were shot, more than 100 people were arrested and at least 13 officers were injured, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
It was unclear what sparked the looting, but police in Chicago shot and wounded a Black man on Sunday afternoon, prompting an hourslong faceoff between dozens of “hostile” residents and cops, something that, according to the Chicago Tribune, police blamed on “false information” being spread in the community.
Lightfoot dismissed the notion that there was any protesting happening amid the looting and described it as “straight-up felony activity.” She asked Foxx “to hold people arrested in connection with the looting accountable” and called on the public to help bring those responsible to justice.
“We need people to step up,” Lightfoot reportedly said Monday morning. “We are not going to let our city be taken over by vigilantes.”
Lightfoot’s press conference also came after a police officer shot and wounded a Black man in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. That’s where community members confronted police after learning of the shooting that police said had been incorrectly described as injuring a child.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Monday morning alongside Lightfoot that the man police shot is 20 years old — not 15, as he said had been misreported — and fired a gun at officers.
The press release was held hours after the Chicago Tribune published an analysis of data that found Foxx has dropped nearly 30 percent of the felony cases handled by her office, including some involving murder charges. “During Foxx’s first three years as the county’s top prosecutor, her office dropped all charges against 29.9% of felony defendants, a dramatic increase over her predecessor,” the Tribune reported.
Watch Lightfoot’s full press conference by clicking here.
Twitter Reacts With Mixed Emotions To Lori Lightfoot Being Elected Mayor Of Chicago
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Congratulations to Lori Lightfoot - and to the city of Chicago for electing its first black female mayor. https://t.co/mk0fB9i4xT— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) April 3, 2019
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This is not a victory for LGBTQ people. We are going to have to fight the Lori Lightfoot administration tooth and nail. Please stop exclaiming how great this is. It makes me so upset.— Charlene #Defund2AbolishPolice Carruthers (@CharleneCac) April 3, 2019
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This is a wonderful turn-around from the reign of the utterly despicable neo-liberal's neo-liberal @ChicagosMayor. Perhaps Chicago's rogue police department can finally be called to account. https://t.co/fsYOqBmoal— (((drphillips2001))) (@drphillips2001) April 3, 2019
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Yes Lori won!!! First lesbian black Mayor of Chicago! https://t.co/SO63LGn8Xh— Tony Simone (@tonysimone) April 3, 2019
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Congratulations Lori Lightfoot on making history in Chicago— Carrie Bradshaw (@ShauNi_BaBi) April 3, 2019
First Black Women To Be Mayor
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Lori Lightfoot is elected Chicago mayor— Beth Sheehan (@PawsandtheLaw) April 3, 2019
She is 1st, black woman to lead city
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Political newcomer Lori Lightfoot has been elected Chicago mayor, becoming the first black female and openly gay leader of the city. Lightfoot is a former federal prosecutor who campaigned on ridding Chicago’s government of corruption. https://t.co/47b5CGHCoU— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) April 3, 2019
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TONI PRECKWINKLE— lorena cupcake they/them (@lorenacupcake) March 26, 2019
⭐️ supports mayoral+civilian oversight of police (currently cops oversee cops)
⭐️ would abolish gang database
⭐️ says cop academy will cost MORE than 95m, will utilize closed schools
⭐️ will invest in policing, not community
Chicago Mayor Calls On Kim Foxx To Prosecute Looters As State’s Attorney Reportedly ‘Drops More Cases’ was originally published on newsone.com