CHICAGO, IL –Violence is nothing new for the City of Chicago as the violent crime statistics have been on an ever upward climb since Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office last year.
Citizens in Chicago are getting fed up and are complaining to their elected leaders looking for help.
That help may be formally requested on August 21st at a special council meeting when at least four Chicago Aldermen will request the National Guard be activated to quell the violence.
Four different Aldermen, Leslie Hairston, Anthony Beale, Raymond Lopez, and Anthony Napolitano called for the special council meeting which would ask for Democratic Governor JB Pritzker to declare a state of emergency for the state.
The resolution written by the four aldermen say that the city of Chicago “has never seen more violence, unrest and organized looting.” It also notes that citizens and those visiting the area are “afraid to travel throughout the city.”
The resolution continues:
“Businesses across our City have been subject to unyielding criminals, many on the brink of failure contemplating their future in Chicago,” the resolution reads.
It goes on:
“The continued attacks against Chicago’s collective safety will impact our residential real estate, current and future investments in our communities, and our City’s future economic development.
The call for help requests that the Governor declares a state of emergency for the city and deploys the National Guard to the area for a minimum of four months. Their hope is that the Guard will be able to get control of the violence with the police in that time frame.
The request comes a little more than a week after the mass looting that happened around the Miracle Mile in which groups of people were dropped off and began to destroy, vandalize, and steal everything in sight. Chicago Police officers were able to effect over 100 arrests, but, there were more than a dozen officers who were injured as a result.
Lightfoot had called for the quick prosecution of those criminals who participated in the looting that occurred after false reports were made that the Chicago Police Department had killed an unarmed teenager.
Out of at least 100 arrests, Democratic State Attorney Kim Foxx said that her office had charged 42 felony arrests from that night. Most cases, according to her, stemmed from charges of burglary, looting, attempted murder, aggravated battery, resisting a police officer, theft, vandalism, and gun possession.
When asked about the Aldermen’s call, Lightfoot claimed that they were only seeking “media attention.” In other words, there is nothing to see here, she has it under control.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot shoots down a call for a special CC meeting to consider, among other things, declaring a state of emergency that could pave the way for the National Guard to protect Chicago for four months. She calls it "grandstanding" by two of her harshest critics.
— Fran Spielman (@fspielman) August 19, 2020
Lightfoot added that two of the four aldermen “unfortunately have a history of grandstanding. They don’t listen, they don’t ask questions and they’re not really committed to answers. We need to make sure we are working together to find common ground. This isn’t the way you get things done. It’s quite foolish and it’s unfortunate that they are grandstanding again on an issue that’s so important.”
It is refreshing to see that Lightfoot does agree that there is an issue that is “so important.”
However, her approach has led to utter and complete failure on every metric that could possibly be looked at. Violent crime has steadily increased under her command and she clearly has no control over what occurs in her city, other than maybe large gatherings.
Clearly, Lightfoot does not recognize, or is incapable of, seeing that her city is reeling from the amount of violent crime that has been increasing since she took over. Perhaps now is the right time to bring in the National Guard to help out the tired Chicago Police force to get matters under control.
Revealed: Chicago police ban protests on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s block – she says she deserves to be safe
CHICAGO, IL- Remember this…there are two sets of rules. One for the ruling class—and one for the servants—you know the regular old taxpaying residents.
Let’s go back to last week when rioting thugs looted stores in the downtown Million Mile area of the city? Remember that? Yeah, we do too. So, while thugs were cleaning out stores in Chicago, where were police resources being allocated to?
How about the neighborhood where the “ruling class” in Chicago lives. And while Chicago’s mayor gives cover to violent protests in other parts of the city, the Chicago Police have banned protesters from demonstrating in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s neighborhood.
The hypocrisy in Chicago knows no bounds.
Do you remember back at the beginning of April, when Lightfoot was producing public service announcements admonishing residents of the city to stay at home and obey executive orders in order to flatten the curve, in fact saying “getting your roots done is not essential?
Do you remember when Mayor Lightfoot violated her own order and got a haircut because, as she said, “I’m the public face of the city. I’m on national media and I’m out in the public eye?” Yeah, we do.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago PD have effectively prohibited protesters from exercising their “right to ‘peaceful’ protests” [as Lightfoot and other Democrats have referred to them] in her Logan Square neighborhood.
The Tribune reported that a directive was discovered from a July email sent by then-Shakespeare District Commander Melvin Roman to officers assigned to his district.
The email did not differentiate between so-called “peaceful” protesters and those given to violence. Since the demonstrations began at the end of May, Lightfoot has expressed support to protesters, including those who tended to be destructive.
She did say that after protesters had been warned, “it should be locked down,” presumably meaning the demonstrations.
Hypocrisy doesn’t just occur in Chicago, as we have seen politicians such as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio cut over $1 billion from the police budget, but then direct NYPD officers to guard “murals” paying tribute to a group that wants to eliminate them, both fiscally as well as wanting them dead, Black Lives Matter.
In Los Angeles, a city councilman who has voted to cut millions from the LAPD budget has called the department eight times in the last month or two to deal with alleged threats.
In Chicago, officers have worked to block protesters access to Lightfoot’s block, both with groups of officers as well as barricades. Police have contained protesters in a specific area just outside the block, however as the Tribune reported, one standoff last month resulted in police bringing in an armored vehicle in the event things got out of hand.
Residents who live in Lightfoot’s Logan Square neighborhood have railed against the city’s approach in that area, complaining that police check IDs prior to letting residents into the area to their homes.
One such resident, Ron Kaminecki, a 69-year-old attorney who also owns a bicycle shop expressed the frustration that some have been feeling due to the constant police presence as well as the barricades.
“I came up with the name ‘Fort Lori’ because it’s so hard to get in and out,” he said.
Last Friday, dozens of protesters were sent back out of the area after trying to march to Lightfoot’s home to protest in support of an initiative to remove Chicago police officers from the city’s schools.
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According to the police department and upon questions from the Tribune, officials said that both state law, as well as Chicago’s municipal code prohibit protests in residential areas.
“CPD remains committed to facilitating First Amendment rights, while also protecting public safety. CPD continues to enforce state law and the City’s municipal code regarding public assembly,” said Margaret Huynh, CPD spokeswoman in a statement.
“The block is open at this time.”
When asked to identify instances where the city’s residential protest ban was enforced not including those near Lightfoot’s house, Huynh said, “every situation is evaluated by the size of the protests and the available space,” however she could not or would not provide any examples.
One of Lightfoot’s neighbors who has lived in the area for three years said that he personally didn’t see anything with the protests. He noted that at times this summer there have been as many as 50 police officers within two blocks of Lightfoot’s house.
“The visual of that, I think could strike a person as kind of chilling,” he said, refusing to divulge his name for privacy reasons the Tribune said. “Seeing such a strong police presence, I would say it can feel intimidating, whether or not it’s intended that way,” he told the paper.
As to Lightfoot, she’s “important,” remember? She said that due to alleged threats she “receives daily,” she and her family need increased security.
While she refused to elaborate on specific threats, she said that she receives them daily against herself, her wife, and her home. She told the Tribune that attempts to compare her protection by the Chicago PD to that of former mayor Rahm Emanuel were not legitimate, because “this is a different time like no other,” Lightfoot told reporters.
“I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis, on a daily basis, understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” she said.
Lightfoot, along with Chicago police Superintendent David Brown were being questioned by reporters at an unrelated news conference about Chicago police being stationed in her neighborhood to ban protesters from access to her home, with orders to arrest anyone who refused to leave.
According to the paper, neither city activists nor police sources could identify instances where the city blocked access to Emanuel’s residence. Likewise, when former President Obama and his family lives in the city, access to his home was not shut down until after he was elected president.
Lightfoot once again had an excuse, saying that any such comparisons “don’t make any sense,” with Brown identifying the coronavirus pandemic and the civil unrest following George Floyd’s death while in police custody in Minneapolis.
“I’m not going to make any excuses for the fact that, given the threats I have personally received, given the threats to my home and my family, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure they’re protected,” Lightfoot said. “I make no apologies whatsoever for that.”
Some police sources complain that the expanded police presence in Lightfoot’s neighborhood draws valuable police resources away from other areas within the district.
Brown said that police have allowed some “leeway” with some demonstrations, however he also said that some “peaceful” protests have been “hijacked” by troublemakers, which he gave as a reason for keeping demonstrators off of Lightfoot’s block.
“We have seen very peaceful First Amendment protests for the most part but embedded in each of those protests have been very violent people. And they’re embedded. They put up umbrellas. And they come for a fight,” Brown said. “So, we have to prepare for what we’ve seen.”
So just remember—”two sets of rules—one for thee, one for me.”- Lori Lightfoot
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