Police-bashing Chicago mayor brings back strict lockdowns, curfews – warns more could be coming: ‘It’s for your own good’

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CHICAGO, IL –  Mayor Lori Lightfoot seriously provides a treasure trove of controversial information statements, tweets, and videos for journalists to use daily in their occupation.  She praises police in one statement, and then bashes them in another.  She heralds her city’s independence, yet holds the federal government hostage over funding, with city jobs hanging in the balance as leverage.

Fox 32 in Chicago has now reported that Mayor Lightfoot has initiated a city-wide curfew and has ordered bars and some restaurants closed for indoor service.  And it’s starting to get cold in Chicago, so dining or drinking outside is nearly unthinkable.

As a precursor to these stringent actions, Mayor Lightfoot said only days before that she was wary of further, stronger restrictions:

“I don’t want to go there — particularly for those who are in business, the small businesses who have already suffered through a very difficult year. This would be tragedy for many of them. But I’ve got to do what is right to protect us from this virus.”

The mayor acknowledged that Chicagoans are suffering from the prolonged impact of virus safety measures:

“Chicagoans suffer from “COVID fatigue. They’re tired of staying home and streaming everything they possibly can on Netflix and Prime Video. They long to be with friends and family. They’re enlarging their social bubbles and letting their guards down.”

These curfews and closings became effective Friday, October 23rd.  The curfew will span from 10 pm to 6 am each day and will not apply to grocery stores, pharmacies, and food delivery establishments.  The curfew rules don’t explain how individual movement is impacted, just business action. For example, city-wide liquor sales must stop at 9 pm Friday.

Other restaurants and bars must stop indoor service at 10 pm Friday and remain closed for indoor service for at least two weeks.

Mayor Lightfoot explained the reasons for her actions:

“The rapid rise we’re experiencing in COVID-19 cases across all demographics, zip codes and age groups is consistent with what public health experts and responsible leaders have been predicting for months.  This moment is a critical inflection point for Chicago, and these new restrictions and guidelines represent our ongoing effort to stay ahead of this pandemic through the data and science of this disease.”

“We are — no doubt whatsoever — in a second surge.  This is what it looks like.”

This latest of Mayor Lightfoot’s executive orders will likely be judged as harshly as her other leadership woes.

Lightfoot has hammered the Covid-19 actions in recent days.  

Just last week, the mayor spoke with fervor:

“We don’t want to see us have to go back to the kind of restrictive measures we say in March, April and May. But, if we have to, we will.”

In the past few weeks, Chicago’s new cases of Covid-19 have soared at an average of 508 per day. One day’s results topped 800 positive tests and was the largest one-day jump in the area since March.

Chicagoland is expected to reach a high daily average of 600 positives per day within the next few weeks, putting the area in the “red zone,” according to Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.

Contrary to results from the earlier pandemic statistics, this “second surge” crosses all demographic groups in all parts of the metropolis.

With the weather turning colder and gatherings being driven indoors, Lightfoot implored that it’s even more critical for Chicagoans of all ages to limit the number of people coming into their homes and for “unmasked young people” to stop bar-hopping or “traveling in large groups to someone’s apartment.”

“Over the course of the summer and fall when we were feeling a little bit of comfort, we started having dinner parties. We started inviting people over to sit in the backyard. We started having card games and family gatherings. The normal things that we do because we are social beings.”

“But I’m here to tell you that has to stop. Particularly as we are coming on Halloween and then Thanksgiving and then Christmas and Hanukkah and other holidays. We have to be diligent to keep down the number of people we are allowing into our homes.”

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Back in July, Law Enforcement Today reported that the president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police referred to Lightfoot as a “complete failure.” For more on that, we invite you to:

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CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Fraternal Order of Police’s president John Catanzara has asked for help from President Trump to combat Chicago’s gun violence problem.

The months of May, June, and July 2020 were a filled with shooting sprees across Chicago.

FOP President Catanzara wrote:

“I would be willing to sit down anytime and discuss ideas about how we can bring civility back to the streets of Chicago. These politicians are failing the good men and women of this city and the police department.

“Mayor Lightfoot has proved to be a complete failure who is either unwilling or unable to maintain law and order here.”

Catanzara also complained that he has been to City Hall to speak to Chicago’s leadership about the increasing gun violence.

Catanzara said:

“These politicians are failing the good men and women of this city and police department. …. I have pushed back on their failing liberal policies. I really believe your help and cooperation could make a big difference and rally the silent majority to say enough is enough.”

He continued:

“These politicians are failing the good men and women of this city and police department. …. I have pushed back on their failing liberal policies. I really believe your help and cooperation could make a big difference and rally the silent majority to say enough is enough.” 

President Trump has criticized the leadership of Chicago as well. In June, Trump sent a letter to Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker demanding the to “urge action on the devastating violence in Chicago.”

This urgency stems from the recent months of gun violence in Chicago. It is only July and already the numbers compared to last year are way up.

President Trump wrote:

“Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect. I am concerned it is another example of your lack of commitment to the vulnerable citizens who are victims of this violence and lack of respect for the men and women in law enforcement.”

Mayor Lightfoot responded to President Trump’s letter.

She wrote:

“If you really wanted to help the city, let’s start with the fact that you would weigh in, Mr. President, on common sense… gun reform. It makes no sense that people from Chicago can go across the border to Indiana and buy military grad weapons and bring them to our city and kill our children.”

Chicago has experienced many of its deadliest weekends since the summer holidays began, peaking at Memorial Day weekend and Fourth of July weekend.

Over Memorial Day weekend, over 80 citizens were shot and almost 24 killed. In June, in one weekend there over 104 citizens shot and 14 killed. On the Fourth of July weekend there were over 70 citizens shot and 16 killed.

Chicago Police Department released data mid-June 2020 in response to President Trump’s remarks on their murder clearance rate of 47% in 2019. Chicago PD stated their murder clearance rate in 2019 was 53%.

At the end of 2019, 419 citizens were killed in the span of a year, which is a 13% reduction from 567 murders in 2018. This marks a drop in murders for three years straight. 

Mayor Lightfoot commented on Memorial Day weekend’s violence, one of the most deadliest Memorial Day weekends in a long time.

At the time, Mayor Lightfoot said:

“The reality is there is no circumstance like the one that we are facing.”

She commented the city is lacking federal resources, jail admittance and court hearings during COVID-19 pandemic. This is also making community police very difficult, perhaps the most difficult in over 20 years.

President Trump signed an executive order on police reform in mid-June as well.

Before signing the executive order, he said:

“Every day, police officers make great sacrifices o keep our community secure and safe. In 2018, our police arrested nearly 12,000 citizens for murder, 25,000 citizens for rape and nearly 1.5 million for assault. Very dangerous criminals. In many cases, local law enforcement is underfunded, understaffed, and under-supported.”

 

The full letter from President Trump and the White House:

“Dear Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot:

“I write to you today to call your attention to and urge action on the devastating violence in Chicago.  While I have been heartened to see crime reductions nationally the last few years, I have been horrified by the continued violence in this great American city.

“I recently read an article from the Chicago Sun-Times on June 8, 2020, “18 murders in 24 hours: Inside the most violent day in 60 years in Chicago,” which discussed the severe crime and lack of law and order in our Nation’s third largest city.  The article details how “85 people were shot and 24 killed the previous weekend, the most in modern history in Chicago.”  Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect.  I am concerned it is another example of your lack of commitment to the vulnerable citizens who are victims of this violence and a lack of respect for the men and women in law enforcement.  The article recounts the following horrors:

“A hardworking father killed.

“A West Side high school student murdered.

“A college freshman who hoped to become a correctional officer, gunned down.

“18 people killed Sunday, May 31, the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades.

“The weekend of May 29, 25 people were killed and another 85 wounded by gunfire.

“The most violent weekend in Chicago’s modern history, stretching police resources that were already thin because of protests and looting.

“Violence and death, which are disproportionately harming young African Americans, are tragic and unacceptable, particularly on such a shocking scale. According to the Chicago Sun Times, “shootings across the City increased by 71 percent last month,” and just this past weekend 102 people were shot in the city’s most violent weekend of the year. 

A 3-year old toddler was killed.  

More Americans have been killed in Chicago than in combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq combined since September 11, 2001, a deadly trend that has continued under your tenure.

“The American people (hardworking taxpayers) send you millions of dollars in Federal funding each year to support public safety in Chicago.  

In 2018 and 2019, the City of Chicago benefited from $136 million in funding from the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program, and another $68 million was recently announced for Chicago from this important program.  

The Department of Justice awarded and is in the process of awarding nearly $20 million to support law enforcement and law-enforcement related entities in the City of Chicago and Cook County across 2019 and 2020, including resources for combating opioid abuse and recidivism reduction. 

The Department of Labor has also awarded funding to programs targeting prisoner re-entry and recidivism reduction in the Chicago area.  My Administration allocated $898.6 million to the City of Chicago and Cook County from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which helps support your first responders on the front lines.  

In the absence of any modicum of leadership, however, these substantial sums of taxpayer money are not being turned into results, and the safety of your most vulnerable communities continues to deteriorate.  These funds are in addition to those collected through your combined insatiable appetite to tax the people of Illinois and Chicago.

“I will continue to lead the way to support historically disadvantaged communities and would welcome your help in these endeavors.  In December 2018, I signed into law the First Step Act, marking the first major reforms to our criminal justice system in over a decade.  

This brings historic reforms to make our justice system fairer and to help inmates successfully transition back into society by providing prisoners with a second chance through rehabilitative programs and fair sentencing.  

Additionally, when I signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, we created Opportunity Zones.  Nationwide, nearly 9,000 communities have designated Opportunity Zones, including over 130 in Chicago, which are incentivizing investments in areas that have been forgotten for far too long.  

My Administration has also provided robust, unprecedented support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“Recently, on June 16, I signed an Executive Order advancing important reforms to elevate a noble profession and strengthen the essential bond of trust between police officers and the communities in which they serve.  

My Administration continues to work closely with Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and others across the political spectrum to advance further policy improvements and meaningful reforms.

“Unlike previous Administrations of both parties, I am willing to tackle unsolved challenges.  If you are willing to put partisanship aside, we can revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Chicago, together.  But to succeed, you must establish law and order.  

The combination of crime, high State and local taxes, and onerous State and local government regulations have caused thousands of Illinoisans to flee to other States.  Between 2010 and 2019, Illinois lost more of its population than any other state in the Nation. 

If you are interested, I am willing to ask members of my Cabinet to meet with you and help devise a plan to make Chicago safe, since a successful formula has escaped both you and your predecessors.  

My Administration would also welcome the opportunity to engage with you and your colleagues as you develop bipartisan policy recommendations to improve policing and make our great cities safer for all.

“Unfortunately, you continue to put your own political interests ahead of the lives, safety, and fortunes of your own citizens.  The people of Chicago deserve better.”

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