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Report: With Chicago police already stretched thin, Mayor Lightfoot stations over 100 cops outside home, bans protests on her block to protect herself

Even as police in Chicago are stretched to their limit, Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot has allegedly ordered a continuous heavy police presence outside her home in Logan Square and banned protests on her block to protect herself and her family.

What are the details?

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday that the city has effectively banned all protests on Lightfoot’s street, including peaceful ones, even as elsewhere in the city protests have been allowed to continue and openly supported by the mayor.

According to an email sent by the district’s commander at the time, officers assigned to enforce the directive were instructed to tell protesters “that it is against the city code and state law to protest” and that they must “leave immediately.”

After the warning is given, the street “should be locked down,” the instructions added.

In order to carry out the orders, a large contingent of officers have been routinely stationed outside the home. Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara told the Chicago Sun-Times that as many as 140 officers have been assigned to the home at certain times.

One of Lightfoot’s neighbors came up with the name “Fort Lori” to describe the scene.

“Maybe she should move into a high-rise downtown where you can put like 20 officers at the front of the building if need be,” Catanzara suggested, adding, “I get the family safety, but you picked this job.”

“What about all of the officers who are getting projectiles thrown at ’em, fireworks shot at ’em? It’s the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do mentality,” he continued.

Catanzara is not the only one who has taken some offense at the action. The Tribune noted that the order, which siphons away police resources from other areas to protect the mayor’s neighborhood has led to “some quiet grumbling” within the police department.

What else?

Lightfoot defended the move Thursday, telling reporters, “Given the threats that I have personally received. Given the threats to my home and my family, I’m gonna do everything to make sure that they are protected. I make no apologies whatsoever.”

“We have a right in our home to live in peace,” she added.

The mayor did not elaborate on the threats but said: “Suffice it to say that, every single day, there is something that pops up. There are specific threats to my person, to my wife and to our home.”

She also denied the claim that “hundreds” of police were stationed near her home, but said that “sufficient resources” are assigned when a threat is established.

The order to ban protests near Lightfoot’s home comes as violence and riots rage in the city and Chicago police officers are resigning or retiring in record numbers.

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White House press sec. Kayleigh McEnany shreds Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: ‘Dereliction of duty’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany went on the offensive against Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday.

What’s a history here?

On Thursday,
Lightfoot took to Twitter in an effort to shame and mock McEnany over remarks she made at a press briefing about the increasing gun violence and murders in Chicago.

A reporter asked McEnany about a comment President Donald Trump made regarding the disparity between black and white Americans killed by police.

McEnany responded, “The president has routinely acknowledged and expressed the absolute atrocity of the case of George Floyd, and his heart goes out to that family still.”

She pointed out that numbers — both black and white fatalities — have significantly dropped since the Obama administration.

McEnany added, “[O]ne point [Trump] wants to strongly make is this: that black men and women who die of homicide, they are likely to die of homicide at eight times greater than that of white individuals and Hispanics combined. That’s the rate combined. So that’s an extraordinary thing that we want to look at. … It is unacceptable, and under this president, he’ll take action and the derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for federal help, because she’s doing a very poor job at securing her streets.”

McEnany’s pointed remarks immediately prompted Lightfoot to fire back, “Hey Karen. Watch your mouth.”

What are the details?

On Friday, McEnany shot back with a poised response.

In a now viral tweet, the White House press secretary wrote, “While you’re focused on words, America is outraged by the violence perpetuated in your city. One person is taking action to stop violence in our streets: President @realDonaldTrump.”

“He’s offered your city help,” she added. “It’s a dereliction of duty not to take it.”

She also added a link to a letter from the Trump administration to the governor of Illinois and Chicago leaders.

On Thursday, Trump’s digital director for his 2020 campaign, Gary Coby, took Lightfoot to task over her snipe at McEnany.

On Twitter, he wrote, “Black people are being murdered at a record rate in Chicago. The violence and death is out of control… 64 shot & 11 killed just last weekend. 373 have been killed just this year, a 35% increase.”

“Here is the Mayor, who is a total failure at stopping this violence,” Coby added.

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As Chicago is overtaken by violence, Mayor Lori Lightfoot blames guns and the coronavirus

Chicago’s Democratic mayor, Lori Lightfoot, blamed guns and the coronavirus pandemic for the city’s stark increase in violence in recent weeks, which has taken the lives of hundreds, including those of several children.

According to WMAQ-TV, in the month of June alone, there were 424 shootings and 89 murders in Chicago, with both figures up by 75% or more compared to the same month last year.

The above figures don’t even include May 31 — the city’s deadliest day in 60 years — on which 18 people were killed in just 24 hours amid the George Floyd protests. Nor does it include the continued violence that occurred over Fourth of July weekend, in which 36 people were shot and at least 13 people were killed, including a 14-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.

Yet despite the rise in violence during the month of June, arrests were down by more than half, WMAQ-TV reported.

When asked about what is happening in the city, Lightfoot quickly suggested one of the major causes is a glut of guns.

“That’s a complicated question,” the mayor said, according to the Washington Examiner. “We have way too many guns on the streets.”

Lightfoot also blamed coronavirus lockdowns, which kept people cooped up inside for months, as a contributing factor in creating the “perfect storm” for violence to ensue.

Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara strongly disagreed with the mayor and instead suggested that the rise in violence along with the decline in arrests is due to officers feeling handcuffed and fearing for their jobs.

“When the top official in this city is blaming the police for everything that’s wrong, to hide their inefficiencies and inadequacies, it definitely makes people stop and wonder, ‘What am i doing? Am I going home? Am I going to have a job tomorrow? Am I going to be in jail next week?'” Catanzara said.

Lightfoot responded by suggesting the police union is exaggerating the situation amid contract negotiations with the city in which pay and stricter discipline rules for officers are on the table.

“You’re going to hear a lot of noise from the FOP. That’s part of the game. But I’m focused on making sure that we get wins at the bargaining table for the residents of this city,” Lightfoot said.

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