CHICAGO, IL- The “peaceful protests” resulted in anything but peace on Saturday.
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LSD and Division area pic.twitter.com/NALlfFVW8W
— Lexi Sutter (@LexiSutterTV) May 30, 2020
On the contrary, at least four people were shot downtown and one of them was killed.
— Sev (@Roundaboutnoon) May 31, 2020
There’s also been significant chatter that ‘Anonymous’ hacked Chicago police radios and played the song ‘Fuck the police’.
Anonymous has come back after 3 years and so far they've done this:
Taken down the Minneapolis police website.
Hacked Chicago police radios and played the song ‘Fuck the police’
— Anonymous ™ (@DukeMtambo) May 31, 2020
CPD administration has not confirmed that the radios were hacked.
Hijacked chicago police radio plays NWA's "Fuck The Police" pic.twitter.com/I3NWWYZwem
— doomer zoomer (@doomerzoomeer) May 31, 2020
ANONYMUS HACKING CHICAGO PD'S RADIO SYSTEM SO THE POLICE CAN'T COMMUNICATE ABOUT THE PROTEST.,., WE LOVE TO SEE IT pic.twitter.com/vmZGSbsG4j
— TIN-틴⁷? (@taebokkiii) May 31, 2020
All of this as a well-financed “bail fund” promises to bail out people arrested in the riots.
We are being told that more than 1,000 people were arrested today in Chicago while demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and all communities harmed by police.
Chicago, we stand with you and we are doing everything we can to support you. pic.twitter.com/CRP4Nt6s4J
— Chicago Community Bond Fund (@ChiBondFund) May 31, 2020
The murder happened about 11 p.m. in River North in the 100 block of West Hubbard Street.
Police said Bernardino Mercado, 26, was walking on the sidewalk when he exchanged words with a male suspect in a car.
— ❀ραlмαиεεﻬs (@Palmy2u) May 31, 2020
According to Chicago police, the suspect got out of the car and started hitting the male with a handgun – then shot Mercado in the chest before continuing to strike the other person with the weapon.
When I say every building is marked- I mean every building is marked. pic.twitter.com/n7ierRLiW9
— Lexi Sutter (@LexiSutterTV) May 30, 2020
He then got back in his car and drove off.
Police said Mercado, who lived in Avondale on the Northwest Side, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Man in Joker mask ignited a police squad car today in Chicago’s protest. Managed to capture a few pictures pic.twitter.com/JlCM4eBiWy
— SVLSV TRVP (@ogsalsatrap) May 31, 2020
At least three more people were shot in the Loop.
One happened about 10:30 p.m. in the 200 block of North Michigan Avenue. Police said a man, 19, was standing on the sidewalk when he heard gunshots and felt pain.
DOWNTOWN CHICAGO SHUT DOWN
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 31, 2020
He brought himself to Stroger Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and was listed in critical condition.
At about 9:30 p.m., two other people were shot a few blocks away in the first block of West Jackson Boulevard.
Trump Tower is under siege as Chicago Police make arrests to defend the president’s building. #MinneapolisUprising #chicagoprotest #DCProtests #NYCPROTEST #MIAMIPROTEST #AmericaProtest #VoteForChange pic.twitter.com/vHcSsZ6QLX
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) May 30, 2020
Their ages were not immediately known, but both are at the University of Illinois Hospital in good condition.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has – at best – a strained relationship with the Chicago Police Department that she often attacks – announced a curfew in effect from 9 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m.
A lot of good that did.
CHICAGO FOLK TOOK THE POLICES HORSES LMAOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/HM1nwtYitG
— hinata (@makloubae) May 31, 2020
Dozens of Chicago police officers were injured after riots erupted again on Saturday night.
This, as countless demonstrators attacked responding officers and – in one horrifying scene – beat and dragged them. More on that below.
Police Supt. David Brown said gave an overview of the mayhem:
“We had dozens [of officers] injured today,” he said during a press conference Saturday evening, when a citywide curfew was announced.
How many? They stopped counting.
“We don’t have an ongoing count. We do have one officer with broken bones – I will tell you that’s pretty serious – others who have had minor injuries, but it’s ongoing and the night’s young and this crowd is increasingly more mean-spirited and violent.”
Saturday evening, Law Enforcement Today spoke with an on-duty officer on the condition of anonymity:
“Officers are under attack – and it’s going to get worse. Rioters are coming in by the busload and they aren’t letting us do anything to stop it.”
— Said Sarkic (@SaidSarkic) May 31, 2020
But the images speak for themselves.
— Russia’s Favorite Bot (@_somebodys_son_) May 31, 2020
On Saturday night, video footage hit Twitter showing officers violently attacked and dragged through the streets while masked rioters cheered.
CHAOS: Police officers dragged through the street in Chicago
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 30, 2020
The officers fought desperately to get away and protect each other… to no avail.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has had countless dustups with the police department, held a press conference shortly after 8 p.m.
— Alex Qian ? | ? (@_alexqian) May 31, 2020
She said the protests had “evolved into criminal conduct” and imposed a curfew on the city: from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice.
— MK-Ultra News (@mkultranews) May 31, 2020
Lightfoot said she was “disgusted” after seeing protesters use pipes, hammers and other objects to damage property.
NEIMAN MARCUS LOOTED IN CHICAGO pic.twitter.com/S6zavWZnGE
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
“I’m here to call you out for your recklessness,” she said to rioters.
“I’ve seen protesters hurl projectiles at our police department…bottles of water, urine and lord knows what else,’’ she said.
“I want to express my disappointment and really, my total disgust at the number of others who came to today’s protests armed for all out battle.’
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown was also at the press conference.
— Gino Laurent (@GinoLaurent_) May 30, 2020
“We will be taking you into custody when you destroy property,” or burn cars, said Brown. “That’s just facts.”
The crowd numbers grew to more than 3,000 people by 2 p.m. and started making way onto Lake Shore Drive and shut down portions of the roadway.
This is the scene outside Trump Tower Chicago. Police have set up at Kinzie and State and on both sides of Trump Tower on Wabash. pic.twitter.com/99PChKoXmS
— Richard Roeper (@RichardERoeper) May 30, 2020
By 3:30 p.m., hundreds began to turn violent, throwing fireworks, bottles and we’re told gasoline at officers.
Then came the vandalism, as they hit buildings, cars and a bus shelter.
— lil ebert (@lilebertt) May 30, 2020
It didn’t take long for reports of injuries to come in, including at a police sergeant who had his arm broken near Trump Tower.
It's time for an actual revolution! Downtown Chicago protest tonight pic.twitter.com/OlXd1qOs4d
— liz, mother of all perspectives ? (@lmcgrew) May 29, 2020
By 4 p.m., the crowds had split into multiple groups, escalating violence against law enforcement.
By 5 p.m., there were at least a dozen calls of 10-1, which is a police emergency, as they worked to control the crowd.
— Tony Ho Tran (@TonyHoWasHere) May 30, 2020
Rioters tried to overturn a Chicago police car. Others broke out into fights with police officers.
Around 7:30 p.m. at Dearborn and Hubbard streets, a police vehicle was flipped over.
Mayor Lightfoot, of course, seized the opportunity to attack the President.
“It’s not easy when we have a president who is inciting violence.”
“Let’s be better than him,” said Lightfoot.
Watch below as she’s “better than him”.
"I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump, it's two words, it begins with 'f' and it ends with 'you.’” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot #TrumpResignNow
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 30, 2020
She made sure to urge people to wear masks while rioting.