Two Chicago officers injured after fireworks ‘exploded near their heads’, more than 60 arrested

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CHICAGO, IL – Chicago police made dozens of arrests after an unruly group of mostly teens became unruly and violent in the Loop during Fourth of July celebrations Sunday night.

The violence resulted in more than 60 arrests and at least two Chicago police officers being injured.

According to police sources, the hour-long disturbance resulted in one officer losing his hearing after a large firework exploded near his head.

The mayhem began around 6:30 p.m. when a large firework was detonated near Millennium Park, which was followed by similar incidents throughout the downtown throughout the night.

Police moved to break up the large crowd that had gathered at Millennium Park, which caused many of the celebrants to move in large groups onto downtown streets. The crowd turned violent, jumping on police cars, and running through the streets as police struggled to keep control.

Radio broadcasts throughout the night reported fireworks being used as weapons and officers, citizens, and other members of the crowd being physically assaulted. 

A police supervisor reported that 18 arrests had been made by 8:30 p.m., but that number increased dramatically to over 60 by the time Police Superintendent David Brown provided the overnight numbers.

During the chaos, the Chicago Police Department reassured the public in a media brief saying:

“The Chicago Police Department had sufficient resources deployed to manage the crowds and ensure public safety.”

Other than the two injured police officers, officials did not have any information about how many people were injured during the incident or how many police vehicles were damaged by the crowd.

At approximately 10 p.m., police announced a curfew and began making arrests. Several juveniles were taken into custody. There were reportedly so many juveniles taken into custody that the 1st District police station ran out of room and ordered officers to transport juveniles to other districts.

The Fourth of July weekend did not give the city a break from its gun violence either.

Between Friday night and Monday morning, a total of 12 people have been killed by gun violence in the city.  At least 40 more people were wounded in shootings in Chicago during the same time period. Final totals for the weekend will not be released until Tuesday because of the holiday weekend.

Chicago has suffered a spike in gun violence this year and 33 Chicago police officers have been either shot or shot at since January 1.  Last year at this time, 22 officers were shot or shot at.

Two Chicago officers were shot and wounded while breaking up a large group firing off fireworks early Monday morning.

Mass shootings are becoming commonplace in Chicago. In a mass shooting in Washington Park, police said two men died, a 12-year-old girl was in critical condition, a 13-year-old boy was in stable condition and a woman was in good condition.

Another woman was treated for a grazing bullet wound at the scene.

There have been no arrests in the mass shooting.

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Caught in a lie? As violence explodes, Chicago Mayor Lightfoot proclaims there is a ‘decline’ in shootings

July 1, 2021

 

CHICAGO, IL – A contentious exchange between Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and a Newsmax reporter during a press conference earlier in June has spurred speculation across the political aisle over the clear hostile undertones between the two’s back-and-forth.

And while the exchange is both entertaining at moments and slightly uncomfortable to watch at some points, Mayor Lightfoot proclaimed during the heated exchange that there is a “decline” in crimes such as homicides and shooting “year over year.”

However, data that has been compiled by the Chicago Sun-Times seems to suggest the contrary.

The press conference in questions occurred on June 25th, where Newsmax reporter William Kelly posed a question to Mayor Lightfoot – while prefacing the question with examples of recent violence in the city – asking if she felt “responsible” for the violence in the city:

“Do you feel personally responsible for the – your rhetoric, your heated rhetoric is responsible for the off-the-charts violent crime in the city of Chicago?”

Looking slightly befuddled by the question, Mayor Lightfoot saying initially:

“So…”

The Newsmax reporter then blurted out with some laughter in Mayor Lightfoot’s brief silence:

“White reporter in the house.”

Mayor Lightfoot was apparently not at all pleased with Kelly’s random mentioning of him being a “white reporter,” saying:

“So, you know what? That’s not appropriate, sir. If you look around you sir, you’re surrounded by white reporters. So, I really ask you too…hold on…let me answer the question you already asked.

“I don’t know where you’re from, but I know what magazine you’re from, and I know what your conservative viewpoints are – but on almost every question you asked, you had the facts wrong.”

Mayor Lightfoot addressed a brief characterization that Kelly made where he asserted that hotels are suffering financially in Chicago due to violence in the city, which Mayor Lightfoot said that hotels in Chicago – like hotels across the country – have been financially impacted due to the economic shutdowns related to the pandemic.

The Chicago Mayor then segued to the topic of violent crime in her answer, saying:

“The premise of your question, which is it’s ‘chaos everywhere’ – and the fact of the matter sir, which you didn’t point out, but I will, so we get this straight is that we’re actually seeing a decline in homicides and shootings.”

It’s unclear why Mayor Lightfoot made said proclamation during the June 25th press conference, as just three days earlier, the Chicago Sun-Times released a report showing that homicides have increased during the same time period in 2020, while also noting that 2020 homicides increased from 2019:

“In all, there have been at least 317 homicides in Chicago this year, up from 302 this time last year. Last year ended with 775 homicides, an increase of more than 50% from 506 murders in 2019.”

And it’s not just homicides that have been increasing, as a June 18th report from NBC Chicago showed that carjackings have risen dramatically when compared to 2020:

“In all, 708 carjacking’s were reported from the beginning of 2021 until June 13, compared to 416 during the same period last year, according to police statistics.”

According to that report from NBC Chicago, CPD officials noted that patrols in certain areas in Chicago have been increased in response to levels of violent crime.

Also, a recent report from FOX 32 Chicago noted that 2021 has proven to be the “deadliest” year in the city for over a decade: 

“2021 is so far Chicago’s deadliest year in more than a decade.”

Overall, the claim that shootings and homicides in Chicago are on the decline is just not true. 

 

 

 

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