Activists file lawsuit against Trump to protect protesters in Chicago. That’s right – suing to protect criminals. (Op-ed)

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CHICAGO, IL – This past Thursday, several activist groups including Black Lives Matter have filed paperwork in federal court.

Their hope is to prevent federal law enforcement from interfering with protests that have been ongoing in Chicago and across the country since the death of George Floyd back in May. Then in July, Trump signed an executive order that would prevent the destruction of federal property and monuments across the country.

This month, the president dispatched federal officers to Portland, Oregon to stop protesters who were damaging federal buildings.

According to ABC 7 Chicago:

“A collection of Chicago activist groups want a judge to block federal agents sent to the city to combat violent crime by President Donald Trump from interfering in or policing protests, arguing in a lawsuit filed Thursday that that the surge will inhibit residents’ ability to hold demonstrations.

“The suit names Attorney General William Barr along with the heads of other federal agencies whose agents are part of the surge plan announced at the White House on Wednesday.” 

The “surge” plan mentioned is Trumps new initiative to combat violence in cities across the US.

On Wednesday President Donald Trump held a press conference to announce a new anti-crime initiative or surge plan to combat violence in several major cities including Chicago. The Presidents announcement comes a day after 15 people were shot in front of a funeral home.

As ABC 7 Chicago reported:

“Trump blamed deadly policies and deadly politicians as responsible for out-of-control crime in numerous U.S. cities.”

The president also reported a staggering statistic for The Windy City:

‘”At least 414 people have been murdered in the city this year. A roughly 50% increase over last year'”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reportedly spoke to President Trump about his intentions to send the feds to her city.

A statement released by Lightfoot’s Office said:

“‘The President reached out to Mayor Lightfoot this evening to confirm that he plans to send federal resources to Chicago to supplement ongoing federal investigations pertaining to violent crime. The conversation was brief and straightforward.

“Mayor Lightfoot maintains that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Attorney’s office. The Mayor has made clear that if there is any deviation from what has been announced, we will pursue all available legal options to protect Chicagoans.'” 

These groups filing a suit against Trump and his staff are looking for assurances that this supplement of federal manpower isn’t going to interfere with protests. People that have been peacefully protesting have not been subject to arrest, or really any kind of interference, from law enforcement.

Violent agitators, looters and people destroying property, however, are attracting much attention of law enforcement.

So who are groups like Black Lives Matter really trying to protect?

Last weekend in Chicago, 18 police officers were injured while protecting a statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park.

According to CBS News Chicago, the protest began as a “defund the police” protest at Buckingham Fountain and then headed south towards Grant Park. As more people joined the protest and arrived at Grant Park, the crowd turned on the police began hurling objects at the police while trying to overrun them.

CBS News said:

“Police say 14 people were arrested and could face charges including battery of a police officer and mob action.”

WTTW News Chicago released CPD video of the protest and it shows an unruly mob storming into the park and then hurling objects at officers as they do their best to hold their positions while being easily outnumbered.

The events of last weekend in Grant Park are carbon copies of protests around the country. They are not peaceful and they are only growing more violent as the weeks go on. The line between protester and domestic terrorist have been blurred for weeks now.

So rather than ask their members to keep their protesters peaceful, all of these organizations have doubled down and filed a suit to keep the destruction going all under the guise of the First Amendment.

This is being done while continuing to vilify the police and anyone else who attempts to get in their way.

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Here’s more on Chicago displeased with the feds coming to town.
The City of Chicago has seen a drastic increase of violent crime, up by 50% since this time last year.

On July 21st alone, Chicago saw 14 people shot while attending the funeral of a man who had been killed in another drive by shooting last week.  These 14 shootings follow another bloody weekend, in which the city had 63 people who were shot, 12 of those died from their injuries. 

Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took to twitter saying:

“Far too many have suffered.  Far too many have attended funerals and tried to start the process of healing entire communities following another senseless tragedy.  When a person picks up a gun, we suffer as a city.  This cannot be who we are.  We cannot give shelter to killers.  People know who are responsible.” 

After reading that statement, it would be logical that any help and assistance offered would be gladly received. 

However, Democratic Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth has a message for President Trump:

“don’t even think about it.” 

Duckworth told CNN:

“My answer to him is don’t even think about it.  This is disgusting, and it is the further politicization of our institutions, which should be nonpartisan.  He did it with the military when he sent National Guard troops against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square [in Washington, DC], and now he’s done it in Portland and he’s coming to Chicago.  Don’t even think about it.” 

Lightfoot also does not believe that sending in federal police to help stop the violence will be helpful. 

In a video on her Twitter account, in response to President’s promise to send police there, she is quoted as saying:

“that’s not democracy.  That’s what we call tyranny, and dictatorship, and we are not having it in Chicago.” 

Apparently, the idea that Federal Police that are coming in to mop up the mess that the leadership of that city has allowed to flourish, makes President Trump a dictator. 

 

Duckworth believes that the only help the President should provide is working on gun safety proposals from the Democrats.  Their desire is to have stronger background checks, and work towards the illegal buying of firearms for those not licensed.  

Chicago has some of the more stricter gun laws in the country, requiring that anyone wishing to purchase any type of firearm must have a license or permit to do so.  They also, like many other states, have a waiting period built in to any legal firearm sale.

According to NPR, The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a group which keeps tabs on gun laws, gave Illinois a solid B+.  Therefore, if putting an end to the gun violence in Chicago can be done by enacting more gun laws, why is the gun violence so high there?

Although Duckworth’s intensions to address gun laws may or may not help the city of Chicago in the future, that will not stop the current chaos taking place in the streets right now. The denial of President Trumps assistance is counterproductive for the city, and is just a ploy to allow the violence to continue. 

 

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