CHICAGO, IL – It happened during a night of widespread looting in Chicago, where Black Lives Matter antagonists later said they were collecting “reparations”.
First – the back story.
On August 9th, Chicago Police officers were dispatched to an armed man who was involved in a dispute. As officers questioned him, the male took off on foot and began firing rounds at the officers who were chasing him.
Officers allegedly protected themselves by returning fire.
Someone took the information that officers had shot a black man and turned to social media to tell the world a lie, that officers had shot and killed a 15-year-old boy.
That lie helped spark a night filled with looting and vandalism, including the local Ronald McDonald House, which had sick children and parents inside.
The Ronald McDonald House is a program in which a place is provided to sick children and their families to stay while keeping them available for medical care.
This option is paid through donations which enables the ability for the families to be able to stay with their sick children without having to pay for a hotel.
On their website they say:
“We believe the “home” is more than four walls and a roof over your head. That’s why every Ronald McDonald House is a safe haven that provides all the comforts of home, plus the compassion and hospitality of staff, volunteers, and other families – all just steps away from the hospital.”
These places should be safe and free from terror of any kind, especially the likes of which happens in the middle of a riot and looting scene. However, on the 9th, the criminals did not seem to care that sick children were inside the charity and attacked it anyway in their fit of rage, in their ‘fight for reparations.’
These entitled criminals who believe they are owed everything destroyed or damaged many store fronts in the area. They stole anything that was not bolted to the floor, and the worst out of all of it, they straight up terrorized the sick children and their families that were at the Ronald McDonald House.
ABC 11 News reported that Lisa Mitchell, who works for the Ronald McDonald House, said they were “very concerned there was a lot of activity right in front of the house, people making choices that could put them at risk and put our families at risk so the staff was frightened.”
Thankfully, the only damage done to the charity were broken front doors, there was no reported damage done to the inside.
“They are already [families] in a really, really difficult spot, and having this kind of additional stress and worry about getting to and from the hospital even though we are 5 blocks away because of safety concerns is just doubling the strain.”
Members of the riots clearly had no regard for anyone in the area as they committed their crimes. They were only concerned about the lie spread that officers had shot an unarmed teenager and killed him. This of course was the ‘reason’ they felt they needed to loot.
Police were already in the area as the rioters and criminals were dropped off at different locations along the Miracle Mile. The 400 officers who were on scene were able to round up 100 of those criminals and take them into custody for various charges ranging from theft to battery on a law enforcement officer. In total, 13 officers were injured during the chaos.
Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot actually stepped up and condemned the attacks on her city. Lightfoot told Time:
“When people showed up on Michigan Avenue in the downtown area with U-Haul trucks and cargo vans, and sophisticated equipment used to cut metal, and the methods that were used, and how quickly it got spun up…that wasn’t any spontaneous reaction.”
After the dust had settled from the prior night riots, Black Lives Matter descended upon the Chicago Police Station what held some of the people arrested.
The group demanded the release of all of the criminals who had been arrested. The organizer for the event, Ariel Atkins, told all who would listen that the events that happened the night prior were just black people taking the reparations owed to them.
BLM Chicago Leader on the looting of stores: "That is reparations…. anything they want to take, take it because these businesses have insurance…" pic.twitter.com/uB9GAGmkLu
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) August 11, 2020
According to NBC Chicago, Atkins said:
“I don’t care if somebody decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike because that makes sure that that person eats. That makes sure that that person has clothes.
“That’s reparations. That is reparations. Anything they want to take, take it because these businesses have insurance. They’re going to get their money back. My people aren’t getting anything.”
Atkins, unfortunately, is not alone in her entitlement syndrome. This person actually believes that her “people” are incapable of getting anything through hard and honest work.
She also seems to not be bothered at whatever collateral damage was done, businesses lost, shut down, sick children terrorized, none of it matters, the only concern she has is that she gets what she feels she is owed.
SAD & UNACCEPTABLE:
"The Ronald McDonald House in Chicago was vandalized during looting early Monday morning while families & their sick children huddled inside."
The liberal mayor must control her streets!https://t.co/xu1G99LZrV
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) August 12, 2020
For those poor sick children and their families to have to not only be dealing with whatever health crisis brought them to the Ronald McDonald House in the first place, they also had to deal with being terrified because some scum thinks they are owed something they are not. That is completely and utterly awful.
Black Lives Matter Chicago goes after mayor for criticizing criminal looters: ‘Looting is reparations’
CHICAGO, IL – In a strange twist, Black Lives Matter attacked Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, for condemning a night of mass looting and referring to looters as “criminals and vigilantes.”
In an Aug. 10 press release, Black Lives Matter Chicago said:
“This morning, Mayor Lightfoot held a press conference. In a predictable and unfortunate move, she did not take this time to criticize her officers for shooting yet another Black man. Lightfoot instead spent her time attacking ‘looters.’
“The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the CPD is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in.
“Contrary to Mayor Lightfoot’s position, Black lives are and always will be more important than downtown corporations who siphon Tax Increment Financing (T.I.F.) money, while avoiding taxes, and exploiting the labor of Black and Brown Chicagoans.
“These corporations have ‘looted’ more from our communities than a few protesters ever could, yet the Mayor reserves her anger for the latter. We will remain in the streets until our demands are met.”
— Paige Fry (@paigexfry) August 10, 2020
Looters and rioters descended on the streets of Chicago early Monday morning after a man with a gun was reportedly hit during a shootout involving officers, according to Newsweek. It is believed the clashes originally broke out after a suspect was shot by Chicago police in the city’s Englewood neighborhood.
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Chicago Police confirmed that an officer-involved shooting took place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, in the 5700 block of South Racine Avenue, according to Newsweek. Officers were dispatched to reports of a man with a gun, who then spotted a suspect matching the description.
Police say the suspect then fired at officers as they approached him in an alleyway. The suspect continued to fire as he attempted to flee on foot, hitting one officer.
Officers returned fire, striking the suspect. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in unknown condition. Three officers involved in the shooting were taken to the hospital for observation.
Police say clashes then broke out between protesters and officers, and incorrect rumors about the suspect’s age began circulating, according to Newsweek.
Black Lives Matter members in Chicago held a rally on Monday at a police station to support the more than 100 arrested following the widespread looting and rioting that caused at least $60 million in property damage and saw 13 police officers injured, according to Fox News.
BLM organiser reminding us again that they’re a neo-Marxist outfit that believe looting is justified. It’s reparations! pic.twitter.com/RksA208hWE
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) August 12, 2020
In addition, one Black Lives Matter organizer, Ariel Atkins, defended looting as a form of reparations:
“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike’s, because that makes sure that person eats. That makes sure that person has clothes. That’s reparations. That is reparations. Anything they want to take, take it because these businesses have insurance. They’re gonna get their money back. My people aren’t getting anything.”
Lightfoot addressed the chaos Monday morning, calling out criminals and noting that the behavior was not protected under the First Amendment.
There are literally hundreds of looters in Chicago right now, hitting all the stores. pic.twitter.com/rXpdhZFEOZ
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 10, 2020
Lightfoot has resisted efforts by the Trump administration to send federal law enforcement agents to the city in an attempt to help quell the violent protests and escalating crime, saying:
“Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.”
In July, the mayor bristled when White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany referred to Lightfoot as “derelict” and that she “should step up and ask for federal help because she is doing a very poor job at protecting her streets.”
Lightfoot tweeted a response:
Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth. pic.twitter.com/zhjRyokKD5
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 16, 2020
“Karen” is a term used to criticize or mock people who are supposedly pushy and privileged. In many cases, the term is used derogatorily to allege white women are privileged and potentially racist.
However, Lightfoot may now be reconsidering tactics after this week’s fiasco.
At the Monday morning press conference, the mayor warned to “criminals and vigilantes” that “we are coming for you.”
Lightfoot called out those who created chaos on Chicago’s streets:
“These individuals engaged in what can only be described as brazen and extensive criminal looting and destruction. And to be clear, this had nothing to do with legitimate, protected First Amendment expression.”
The mayor acknowledged people may have been reacting to the shooting, but made it clear there was not excuse for their criminal behavior:
“But regardless, what returned in our downtown and surrounding communities was abject, criminal behavior, pure and simple. And there cannot be any excuse for it. Period. This was straight up, felony, criminal conduct.”
Lightfoot further added:
“To those who engaged in this criminal behavior, let’s be clear: we are coming for you. We are already at work in finding you and we intend to hold you accountable for your actions.
“There is no justification for criminal behavior ever. You have no right, no right, to take and destroy the property of others … This is not anywhere near acceptable.”
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