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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants bars, restaurants to reopen for indoor service ‘as quickly as possible’

Far-left Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants bars and restaurants to reopen for indoor service “as quickly as possible,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

“I am very, very focused on getting our restaurants reopened. If we look at the various criteria that the state has set, we are meeting most if not all of those,” Lightfoot said Thursday, the paper reported, adding that she said she would discuss the matter with Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “But I want to get our restaurants and our bars reopened as quickly as possible.”

What are the details?

The Tribune said it’s Pritzker call regarding when bars and restaurants can reopen for indoor service — and while the city can set stricter rules, it can’t enact less-stringent rules.

Lightfoot added that restaurants are highly regulated, get inspections, and have gone “above and beyond” to use indoor “mitigation controls,” the paper noted.

“They are going to be one of the safer places,” she said, according the Tribune.

The mayor also explained reopening bars and restaurants can help turn back the trend of underground parties that spread COVID-19, the paper noted.

“Let’s bring it out of the shadows, let’s allow them to have some recreation in restaurants, in bars, where we can actually work with responsible owners and managers to regulate and protect people from COVID-19, so I feel very strongly that we are very close to a point where we should be talking about opening our bars and restaurants,” Lightfoot declared, according to the Tribune.

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Lightfoot criticized Pritzker in October when he announced that he would be closing indoor service at bars and restaurants due to a spike in coronavirus cases but she later dropped her objection.

In recent months, Lightfoot has attempted to position herself as a friend to bars and restaurants though she has also faced criticism for the city’s anti-coronavirus measures, including stricter rules on liquor sales, which she’s since rescinded.

The mayor has also been criticized for how she’s handled the reopening of Chicago Public Schools amid COVID-19.

Earlier this month, Lightfoot reiterated a stay-at-home advisory telling people not to go out unless it’s necessary. Schools are exempt from the advisory, but the Chicago Teachers Union has said the order and reopening schools are contradictory.

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Chicago Teachers Union exec says it is too dangerous to open schools as she vacations at pool in the Caribbean

A Chicago Teachers Union leader is facing a wave of backlash after bragging about being on a Caribbean vacation, while at the same time demanding that schools remain closed because it is too dangerous.

Sarah Chambers, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union executive board and area vice president, boasted about a recent vacation to Puerto Rico. Chambers gloated about renting a house on the Caribbean island, and having the pool to herself on New Year’s Eve.

“Spending the last day of 2020 poolside,” Chambers wrote on a since-deleted Instagram post with a photo of her lounging by the pool. “We have the whole pool to ourselves.”

“Then, we are going to old San Juan to get some yummy seafood mofongo! We have an entire private Airbnb house to ourselves,” Chambers stated on her “sarah4justice” Instagram account. “I’m here with my friend who also had covid.”

Another post simply read, “Pool life.”

However, only a few hours before Chambers was sunbathing in a bikini and making plans to get yummy seafood mofongo in Puerto Rico’s capital, she rallied against reopening the schools in Chicago because she deemed it to be too dangerous.

On Thursday, Chambers said that reopening Chicago’s public schools for in-person learning on Monday would result in a widespread coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 deaths.

“Sign the petition to continue to work remote, to be safe,” Chambers wrote on Twitter before making her social media account private. “The news is in Lori’s pocket like always! We’ve had so many family members die already, even remote. 50% of my staff, working in the building got Covid, imagine how many would die with reopening!”

After the criticism over her hypocrisy, Chambers attempted to defend her sunny vacation.

“I got 4 covid tests (2 rapid, 2 PCR) b4 coming here & wore 2 masks (N95),” she wrote on Twitter. “Scientists said airplanes are safer than grocery stores bc airplanes have ICU level filtration & everyone wears masks. My doc said it’s extremely unlikely for me to get Covid again since I had it so badly.”

She also lashed out on Twitter by saying, “If you haven’t had someone break into your house and try to strangle and assault you in your house or covid 60+ days where you could barely walk or talk this year, then don’t talk to me.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise Americans not to travel to Puerto Rico, and categorizes the island as having a “very high level of COVID-19” infection.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Puerto Rico,” the CDC warns. “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.”

The Chicago Teachers Union has threatened a possible strike if the schools reopen, according to WGN-TV. The CTU wants to delay in-person learning until all of the teachers get the coronavirus vaccine.

Chambers was reportedly fired in 2017 for “leaving her own classroom to barge into classrooms of other teachers and issue her own instructions to students, interfering with statewide tests, and participating in a scheme to remove and transport students without any chaperone who had cleared criminal background checks.”

She was reinstated in 2019 with the help of the union.

Chambers allegedly traveled to Venezuela as part of a delegation of CTU members in 2019.

“Their goals were to learn what they could from Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, exchange views on effective education and to show solidarity with the students, teachers and social movements of Venezuela,” according to the Post Millennial.

“The teachers’ delegation sat down with Vladimir Castillo, the Venezuelan Director of International Affairs. They learned that Chavez started to talk about socialism in 2005, at the World Social Forum in Brazil, and that a few years after 2007 and 2008, community councils emerged as a result.”

In August, the Chicago Teachers Union struck a nerve with a since-deleted tweet that said the organization was “completely in support” of the construction of a mock guillotine outside of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ home. Coincidentally, the Chicago Teachers Union owns tens of millions in Amazon stock.

CTU board member facing criticism for vacationing in Caribbean while pushing remote learning

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Armed man tries to rob Chicago cell phone store — gun owner with concealed carry ends him

An armed robber expected to walk into a cell phone store in Chicago and saunter off with wads of cold hard cash and merchandise, but little did he know there was also a gun owner ready to carry out vigilante justice.

An armed man reportedly attempted to rob a Metro by T-Mobile cell phone store in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood around 7 p.m. on Saturday. During the intense robbery, a 29-year-old gun owner with a concealed carry permit allegedly opened fire on the thief. The would-be robber was struck with at least two gunshots in the chest and abdomen, according to a news report by WFLD-TV.

The suspect was transported to the local Stroger Hospital in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead.

It was not immediately known if the legal gun owner was the business owner, an employee, or a concerned customer. The shooter did possess a valid Concealed Carry License and Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. Police confiscated both firearms from the parties involved in the attempted robbery, according to the news report.

The incident remains under investigation by detectives.

This is just the latest example of a bad guy with a gun receiving their comeuppance from a good guy with a gun.

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Chicago-area hospital abruptly halts administering COVID vaccine after multiple reactions in staff members

One Chicago-area hospital abruptly stopped administering the coronavirus vaccine to its staff after four employees experienced reactions upon receiving the vaccine.

What are the details?

Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville said that since administering the Pfizer COVID vaccine on Thursday, four staff members “experienced tingling and elevated heartrate shortly after the injection,” WMAQ-TV reported.

In response, the hospital has stopped administering the vaccine.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily pausing vaccinations at Condell, which will allow us time to better understand what may have caused these reactions,” the hospital said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Advocate Aurora Health — the umbrella organization of which the Libertyville hospital is a member — cautioned that reactions are not part of a larger problem with the vaccine, highlighting the fact that they have administered thousands of doses with just the four reactions.

“These four team members represent fewer than 0.15% of the approximately 3,000 who have so far received vaccinations across Advocate Aurora Health. At this time, we can share three team members are home and doing well, and one is receiving additional treatment,” the hospital system said, WLS-TV reported.

The stoppage, however, was short-lived.

On Saturday, the medical system said they would resume vaccination administration on Sunday, having made necessary adjustments to post-vaccine administration observation times.

“Our site vaccination teams remain prepared to respond quickly and appropriately should anyone experience any kind of reaction,” a statement said, WFLD-TV reported. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have increased our post-vaccine evaluation period to 30 minutes for all individuals across all our sites, which exceeds CDC/ACIP recommendations.

Anything else?

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday they are investigating the adverse reactions to the vaccine.

Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said at a press conference that scientists have do not know with certainty what is responsible for the allergic reactions, but pointed to polyethylene glycol as the possible “culprit.”

The ingredient is present in both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines.

However, health experts say that the allergic reactions do not mean the vaccine is unsafe for Americans with allergies. Instead, only those with a history of allergic reactions to vaccines, or with any of the ingredients present in either vaccine, should temporarily hold off on being inoculated.

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Chicago mayor apologizes amid backlash after city tried to block release of video of police raid on innocent woman

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) has apologized and promised “full accountability” after the city attempted to block the airing of police body camera video earlier this week showing officers raiding the wrong home and holding an innocent woman handcuffed in the nude before realizing their mistake.

What are the details?

In Feb. 2019, Chicago police broke down the door of Anjanette Young as she was undressing after work, rushing in with guns drawn and handcuffing the longtime social worker as she stood naked in her living room. But officers were in the wrong home, and had relied on incorrect information given to them by an informant.

Following the incident, Ms. Young filed a FOIA request to obtain the footage captured from the officers’ body cameras, but the Chicago Police Department denied the request.

But a judge recently ordered the release of the videos to Ms. Young, who shared it with local television station WBBM-TV. The outlet aired some of the footage earlier this week, but attorneys for the city tried to block the station from showing the video from nearly two years prior.

Release of the videos sparked outrage and Lightfoot has come under fire for her administration’s handling of the ongoing case.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx blasted the city’s actions, tweeting, “The audacity that the city calculated its embarrassment over the release of the video, is a clear violation of Ms. Young’s body and autonomy. This was a complete and utter dismissal of her humanity. Her humanity was, literally, stripped from her.”

At first, the mayor sought to distance herself because the raid occurred prior to her taking office and claimed the first she heard of the case was this week, but Lightfoot apologized Thursday for the ordeal.

“I am deeply sorry and troubled that her home was invaded and that she had to face the humiliation and trauma that she suffered,” Lightfoot said of Young, according to The Daily Mail. “That is just not right. It simply should not have happened. And I will make sure that there is full accountability for what took place.”

CBS News reported that according to Young, Lightfoot’s public apology was the only communication she has heard from the mayor.

“The fact that she has spent no effort that I know of to reach out to me or my team… that’s more of a betrayal,” Young said of Lightfoot.

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Chicago cops raid wrong home and handcuff innocent, naked woman. The city tried to keep video from being released.

Newly released body-camera footage shows Chicago Police Department officers raiding the wrong home and handcuffing an innocent woman for 20 minutes while she was nude — before realizing their mistake. The police had the wrong address from an informant.

City officials are under fire for making a last-ditch effort to block a local television station from posting video Tuesday of the incident that occurred nearly two years ago.

What are the details?

Last year, officers broke in the door of longtime social worker Anjanette Young who says she had just arrived home from work on Feb. 21 and had undressed in her room when the police charged inside at 7 p.m. with guns drawn.

Following the incident, Young filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the body-camera footage, but the department denied her requests, according to WMMB-TV.

But Young recently received the video and it was aired Tuesday by WMMB, despite Chicago city attorneys filing an emergency motion in an attempt to block the outlet from doing so.

The video shows officers breaking in the door, and Young pleading to know what is going on as she stands nude with her arms in the air in the living room while the police run through her home. She can be seen sobbing, repeatedly insisting to the room full of male officers that they have “the wrong house.”

At one point, she says, “This cannot be right. How is this legal?”

After a few minutes, an officer places a jacket around her shoulders, but the front part of her naked body, of course, remained exposed. Then, an officer wraps one of Young’s blankets around her body, but she was unable to keep herself covered because of her hands being cuffed behind her back.

She pleads with the officers while telling them that she lives alone, and that she has lived in her home for four years. She cries, “There is no gun in this place. I’m a social worker, I’ve been a social worker for 20 years. I follow the law. I don’t get in trouble for anything. I don’t do illegal stuff. I’m not that person. You’ve got the wrong person.”

Officers eventually apologize, try to repair front door

The body-camera footage also shows that after speaking with Young for several minutes, two officers return to a patrol vehicle where they review documentation regarding the warrant.

One can be heard saying, “It wasn’t initially approved or some crap.”

He adds, “I mean, they told him it was approved. Then, I guess that person messed up on their end.”

The CPD would not comment to WMMB on the officers’ exchange. Eventually, the officers tell Young that they believe her, apologize, and attempt to do makeshift repairs to her front door since it was no longer functional after being rammed in.

According to the Chicago Tribune, WMMB “has reportedly extensively on Chicago police officers raiding the wrong home,” and called Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) attorneys’ request to block the station from airing the report as “extraordinary.”

Lightfoot distanced herself from the incident when questioned about it during an unrelated news conference, saying that it happened before her taking office. But, the newspaper noted, it was Lightfoot’s administration that sought to prevent the video from being shown to the public.

Young is suing the police department over the incident. Her attorney, Keenan Saulter, told WMMB, “If this had been a young woman in Lincoln Park by herself in her home, naked — a young white woman, let’s just be frank — if the reaction would have been the same. I don’t think it would have been. I think they would have saw that woman, rightfully so, as someone who was vulnerable. Someone who deserved protection. Someone who deserved to have their dignity maintained.”

He argued, “They viewed Ms. Young as less than human.”

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Left-wing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ridiculed for video celebrating return of ‘science’ in anticipation of Biden presidency

Left-wing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is getting her share of ridicule for a Twitter video she posted Thursday.

The clip was clearly an attempt at humor — but it was a dud for a number of watchers turned off by the not-so-subtle dig at President Donald Trump as votes from last week’s election favor former Vice President Joe Biden for the presidency.

What are the details?

The video starts with Lightfoot asleep on a couch, apparently having a bad dream. As the screen changes from black and white to color, Lightfoot suddenly awakens and figures out what’s what:

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @chicagosmayor

Pressing her hand to her forehead as a copy of “Stephen Hawking’s Universe” sits face-down on her chest, the mayor expresses relief: “Thank God! Science is back, baby!”

She then lovingly pats a globe next to her: “And the earth is round — not flat.”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @chicagosmayor

The scene then switches to a doctor or scientist working at her computer and doing her best Kamala Harris impersonation, condescendingly offering free advice: “Washing your hands does work, social distancing does matter, and wearing a face covering does help protect all of us. I do love science!”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @chicagosmayor

Here ya go, if you dare:

“The new administration’s COVID-19 task force ushers in a new day for science and evidence-based policy-making,” the accompanying text reads, presumably referring to Biden’s plans. “As a city, we look forward to working together to ensure the health of all Chicagoans.”

How did folks react?

Well, Lightfoot does have her fans — not a surprise considering Chicago’s left-leaning politics. But others had nothing but raspberries for the Democrat.

Matt Walsh, for instance, had a good one for Lightfoot: “Now that science is back, can we stop pretending that men can get pregnant?”

And the hits just kept on coming:

  • “What in the…..” one user reacted.
  • “I’m sorry but you just don’t have what it takes for SNL,” another commenter said. “Best of luck in your future endeavors.”
  • “Seriously one of the stupidest things I’ve seen!” another user noted.
  • “Are you freaking kidding me,” another commenter exclaimed.
  • “This is embarrassing,” another user said.
  • “Hey @chicagosmayor,” one observer called out, “you wanna quit doing stupid s**t like this and actually clean up your city?? There’s a reason they call Chicago Chi-raq… You are despicable.”

More lack of humor

Speaking of science-based coronavirus policies, Lightfoot is only too happy to ignore them when it suits her. Like when she shut down nonessential businesses such as hair salons back in the spring — and then promptly got a haircut.

Her reason? “I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media, and I’m out in the public eye,” Lightfoot said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I’m a person who, I take my personal hygiene very seriously. As I said, I felt like I needed to have a haircut. I’m not able to do that myself, so I got a haircut. You want to talk more about that?”

And of course rather than disallowing protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death — given they are large public gatherings that can quickly spread the coronavirus — Lightfoot simply urged protesters to wear face coverings, maintain social distancing, and self-isolate for 14 days. Right.

It’s also worth pointing out that Lightfoot’s “Science is back, baby!” video isn’t the first instance of the mayor communicating like an elementary school teacher to kindergartners. In early October she dressed up as “Rona Destroyer” at a press conference to roll out Chicago’s COVID-19 restrictions for Halloween. And the mayor also appointed a “Census Cowboy” earlier this year to boost census participation, and in September he staged a protest in which he rode a horse on a Chicago highway until the bleeding animal collapsed.

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Small landlords beg Illinois governor to stop giving freeloading, deadbeat tenants a pass

Since the beginning of the pandemic, government officials have sought to prevent tenants who cannot pay their rent from being evicted during the crisis that saw millions of people land in unemployment lines.

President Donald Trump sought authority in the spring to ban evictions and foreclosures and authorized various federal agencies from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Centers for Disease Control to seek to enact policies protecting renters who were unable to make payments. And governors in various states have made similar moves.

But some important issues kept rearing their heads — only to be largely ignored.

What do we do about landlords who could lose their properties if tenants are no longer required to make rent payments?

What about tenants who were in arrears before the pandemic?

Now some small landlords in Illinois are begging their Democratic governor to stop giving a pass to freeloaders who are taking advantage of the pandemic, Chicago’s WBBM-TV reported.

What are the landlords saying?

Over the weekend, Gov. JB Pritzker extended Illinois’ eviction moratorium for another 30 days — and did so without offering any sort of relief to landlords, WBBM said Monday. The governor has repeatedly extended the moratorium since the spring.

Naturally, this did not sit well with several landlords who rely on rental income for their livelihoods and to cover the costs of the property they own that’s being rented.

Property owners told WBBM they want to know why Pritzker is letting longtime deadbeat tenants to continue living in their apartments rent-free.

And they want the governor to let them evict tenants who were scheduled to be tossed before the pandemic.

One landlord, Linda Villareal, told WBBM she has tenants who have not paid rent since last fall.

“And then the pandemic hit,” she said, “and then nothing’s happened.”

Image source: WBBM-TV video screenshot

Villareal pointed out that the government has protected renters’ financial well-being due to job losses from the coronavirus outbreak but has done essentially nothing to protect her and her fellow landlords’ wallets, WBBM said.

“Now they think they can live there for free forever,” she told the outlet. “I feel like I’m being taken advantage of.”

According to Villareal, her tenants have jobs, have purchased a pool and a trampoline, but have refused to pay rent — and now she worries that she could face foreclosure on her rental property.

Paul Arena of the Illinois Rental Property Owners Association told WBBM that stories like Villareal’s have become common among the 15,000 small businesses he represents.

Arena’s group has asked the governor for an exceptions for renters who were not paying before the pandemic, but he has yet to get an answer from the governor one way or the other.

WBBM said it also reached out to the governor’s office but has received only radio silence.

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Man, 18, accused of molesting cousin, 7, during online class in front of teacher and first-grade students

An 18-year-old Chicago man is accused of molesting his 7-year-old cousin during her remote learning class on Thursday, according to prosecutors.

Catrell A. Walls was arrested on Thursday afternoon shortly after 3:30 p.m., the Chicago Tribune reported. Walls, who was out on bond for a gun case, was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13-years-old.

Authorities claim that Walls was seen sexually molesting his young cousin during her online learning session. At the time, fellow first graders were logged on to the Google classroom e-learning session, and the teacher allegedly saw the purported sex crime.

The alleged sexual assault reportedly happened during a break in the class. The teacher instructed students to turn off their cameras and mute their microphones. The 7-year-old reportedly muted her computer but did not turn off the camera.

Once the alleged sex act began, the teacher ordered all the students to log off the session. The teacher called out the alleged victim’s name and told her to turn off the camera, according to prosecutors.

The teacher alerted the school’s principal, who then contacted the girl’s family, Chicago police, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Police reportedly went to the home of the girl’s grandmother, where she was said to have been staying during the day for online classes. Walls was arrested, and while being taken into custody, he began crying. “I don’t know why. I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” he said, according to Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Andreana Turano.

The alleged victim said Walls had sexually assaulted her for the last year, Turano said. The alleged victim said the abuse was “a secret.” Walls showed complete disregard of children and a “wanton callousness for human life,” Turano said.

“This ongoing history of assault, for approximately a year, according to the victim, leads me to believe this is not something that will just stop because I have ordered it to,” Judge Charles Beach said during Saturday’s bond hearing. “This history and his actions from this case lead me to believe that he is a threat to an individual and the community as a whole.”

Beach ordered no bail for Walls, noting that the suspect was “currently on bail for a felony offense.”

Walls is a high school senior, who has trouble controlling his impulses because he suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, his defense attorney said, adding it is “somewhat of a disability.” Walls has no history of sexual crimes, or violent crimes, his attorney noted.

Walls’ next court date is Nov. 21, according to WFLD-TV.

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Former Chicago police chief accused of sexual assault and driving under the influence

Former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson allegedly drove drunk the night he fell asleep behind the wheel last year in a high-profile incident that led to his firing, and the woman he was with that evening has filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.

What are the details?

Johnson was discovered passed out in his car one year ago by a passerby, and claimed he had pulled over as a precaution after becoming lightheaded due to prescription medication. Chicago police responded to the incident, but allowed him to drive home. The top cop was later fired by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said she found out Johnson had not been forthright about what happened that evening.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported last year that the incident was “an embarrassing drinking-and-driving incident,” and cited sources who claimed Johnson “was actually drinking for hours with a member of his security detail, a woman, at a downtown restaurant.”

That woman was Officer Cynthia Donald, who filed a lawsuit against Johnson on Thursday, accusing him “of ‘shockingly violent, abusive, and harassing conduct’ that included multiple instances of forced oral and vaginal sex,” CBS News reported.

Donald says she served as Johnson’s personal driver.

According to a separate Sun-Times report on Friday, “taxpayers paid for 7 business trip taken by” Johnson and Donald. But Johnson denies Donald’s accusations, telling the outlet in a statement, “”the allegations of sexual assault and harassment made by Ms. Donald never happened.”

Johnson is married to Nakia Fenner, a lieutenant in the Chicago Police Department.

Also on Friday, USA Today reported that according to new findings published by Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General, before Johnson was found asleep in his SUV in a stop sign last October, “he had consumed ‘several large servings of rum…the equivalent of 10 alcoholic beverages.”

According to the outlet, seven Chicago police officers have been suspended for failing to hold then-Superintendent Johnson accountable on the night their top boss was found allegedly driving under the influence. The IG’s office recommended that one of them be terminated.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot dresses up as ‘Rona Destroyer’ to lay out Halloween guidelines

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) donned a superhero costume during a Halloween-themed press conference on Thursday, dressing up as the “Rona Destroyer” to roll out the city’s COVID-19 restrictions for the popular holiday.

What are the details?

Before speaking, Lightfoot stood before the lectern with fellow coronavirus-fighting fictional superhero Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, and the two flexed their muscles to pose before the cameras while carrying pails full of candy. The mayor wore a cape that read “Rona Destroyer” as she handed out goodies to members of the press pool.

The mayor announced that trick-or-treating would be allowed but that people “are asked to stay on the move in groups of six people or fewer, avoid sticking their hand into candy bowls and wait until they get home and wash their hands to eat candy,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

Participants are also required to wear masks, and folks handing out candy are encouraged to provide hand sanitizer and practice social distancing rules. House parties of any size and haunted houses are prohibited.

A few weeks ago, the CDC issued guidance to the American public that trick-or-treating is deemed a “high risk” activity, warning against the practice for 2020. But Lightfoot argued that asking kids to stay home on Halloween is not realistic.

“This year more than ever it is important to celebrate Halloween safely and responsibly,” she said.

Anything else?

Lightfoot was hit with some jabs on social media for her get-up, with one twitter user calling the pre-briefing escapades “literally the cringiest thing I’ve ever seen,” and a local radio show’s account tweeted the message, “These are not serious people. This is embarrassing. They are clueless. Enough already.”

Chicago columnist John Kass hit out at Lightfoot’s priorities, writing in reaction to the display, “Chicago murders up 50 percent this month. Who on her staff told @chicagosmayor that this was a good idea?”

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Homicides spike over 50% in Chicago; murders already surpass 2019 total – could reach numbers not seen since the 1990s

With 3 1/2 months left in 2020, Chicago has already surpassed 2019’s total amount of homicides. The latest crime stats out of Chicago are alarming, with murders and shootings spiking more than 50%.

As of Sept. 14, Cook County medical examiner’s office recorded its 677th homicide of 2020, eclipsing last year’s total of 675, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Cook County, the second-most populated county in the nation with about 5.1 million residents, is on track to have more than 900 homicides this year, an eye-opening figure that hasn’t been seen in decades.

This extreme level of violence hasn’t been experienced in Chicago since the 1990s. In 2016, 762 people were murdered, an increase of 58% from 2015. There were 1,141 homicides in 1994, 855 in 1993, 943 in 1992, 928 in 1991, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Shootings were the cause of 86% of Chicago’s murders this year. Shootings also increased by 52% compared to 2019 statistics. Making the dire situation even more heartbreaking is that dozens of children have been shot. As of Aug. 3, there have been 38 juveniles who were shot and killed in Chicago.

Chicago suffered one of its worst mass shootings in recent times in July when 15 people were shot at a funeral on the city’s South Side.

Despite the summer ending, the violence has not slowed down. Last weekend, 54 people were shot and 12 killed. As of Sept. 14, there were over 2,200 shootings; at the same time in 2019, there were 1,400 shootings.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office stated that blacks made up 79% of 2020’s homicide deaths, and 16% of the victims were Latino.

On Monday, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown expressed frustration that some of the criminals who were arrested over the Labor Day weekend had committed multiple felonies in the past.

“Violent offenders need to spend more time in jail in this city,” Brown said. “They need to be held more accountable.”

Brown noted that Chicago police had recovered over 7,400 guns, which is more than law enforcement have recovered in New York City and Los Angeles combined, according to USA Today.

Brown also pointed out that there is an increase in police officers being shot. He said that 55 Chicago police officers had been shot at in 2020, and 10 cops have been shot.

“There’s not a comparable year. That’s five times any previous year anyone can recall,” Brown said of the police being shot. “We’re risking everything.”

On Sept. 9, Attorney General William Barr said that Operation Legend, a new law enforcement initiative against violent crime that partners federal agents with state and local police, has cut Chicago’s homicide rate “in half.”

“I am pleased to report that Operation Legend is working. Crime is down, and order is being restored to this great American city,” Barr said during a news conference.

“The results of those actions speak for themselves,” Barr said. “Over the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, murders dropped by 50% over the previous five weeks. August ultimately saw a 45% decrease in murders compared to July, and a 35% decrease compared to June.”

Since July 22, the federal government has assigned 400 agents to Chicago in an effort to curb violent crime. The operation also granted more than $10 million to the Chicago Police Department to hire more officers and provide more technologically advanced equipment.

“Across 20 major cities, the murder rate at the end of June was on average 37% higher than it was at the end of May, according to Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis,” The New York Times reported. Last year’s increase for the same time period was 6%.

New York City has also endured a significant increase in violent crimes. In August, shootings more than doubled compared to 2019, and murders increased by nearly 50%, according to The New York Times.

“Since May, the city has recorded 791 shootings, a more than 140% increase over the same period in 2019. The 180 murders seen between May and August is a more than 51% increase compared to 2019,” The New York Times reports.

Many factors could be increasing gun violence in the U.S., such as higher unemployment, civil unrest stemming from social justice protests, and the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

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Chicago thieves realize they carjacked the wrong vehicle when off-duty corrections officer thwarts armed hold-up by returning gunfire

A group of carjackers picked the absolute wrong person to try to steal a car from. The armed hold-up backfired completely when an off-duty correctional officer thwarted a carjacking by returning gunfire.

The carjacking gone awry happened around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday in South Chicago. The off-duty correctional officer was driving down an alley in the 7900 block of South Phillips Avenue when at least three males approached the vehicle with the intent of stealing the car, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

One of the men pulled out a gun and demanded the driver get out of his car. When the officer didn’t get out of the vehicle, several shots were fired his direction, but the driver was not struck.

The 36-year-old off-duty officer returned fire, and hit the gunman in the arm and the groin. The other two would-be thieves fled the scene.

David Hall, one of the alleged participants in the carjacking, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center at 2:41 a.m. He was treated and released into Chicago Police custody.

A .38-caliber pistol was recovered at the scene, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

The robbery suspect is on parole for felony theft for stealing a television from a pawn shop, police said.

Hall, 19, is charged with one felony count each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted vehicular hijacking, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to a statement from Chicago police.

According to recent Chicago Police Department crime statistics, thefts are down 27% this year compared to 2019, and robberies are down 3%. Motor vehicle thefts are nearly identical this year to last year. However, murders are up a whopping 52% in 2020 versus last year.

Last month, the Chicago Police Department tried to crack down on crime by creating a 20-person unit to monitor social media activity of anyone planning on looting, cancelling all days off for police officers, and had cops working 12-hour shifts.

“We’ve increased our numbers on the street, on the ground, in our downtown area, in our neighborhoods,” Brown said. “That’s the number one difference. We have extended hours that our officers work, we have extended the number of days they work in a week by canceling days off. So there is an increase of 1,000 officers above what would normally be here.”

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Sheriff’s office releases bodycam video of deputy shooting allegedly armed man running from traffic stop in Chicago

A police officer shot an allegedly armed man who fled a traffic stop Wednesday in Chicago. On Thursday, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office released bodycam footage of the incident after the man’s family disputed that he had a gun.

Cook County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a driver for speeding in Chicago’s LeClaire Courts neighborhood at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle is said to be missing a front license plate and had illegally tinted windows, as reported in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The driver stopped, opened his door, but refused to exit the vehicle. He then allegedly drove off and turned down an alley. He abandoned his car and fled on foot. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office alleges that the man had something in his hand, and dropped a black cellphone while fleeing police.

The man, identified as Durel Foster, reportedly ignored deputies’ commands to stop. Bodycam footage appears to show Foster, 27, brandishing a handgun as defies orders and runs past cops.

After Foster runs past one of the police officers with what looks like a firearm, the cop fires four shots at the man. Foster was hit by two shots, one struck him in the shoulder and the other in the buttocks. Foster falls to the ground, sits back up, then flails back down.

Deputies claim that Foster resisted arrest after being shot, and ran to a nearby porch. Foster was eventually taken into custody after a police officer used a Taser on him.

He was handcuffed, arrested, and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he is said to be in good condition. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office claims a handgun and bags of suspected cocaine were found near Foster.

Foster’s father, Maurice Foster, said, “Police stopped him because of the way he looked.”

“He’s a young Black man, he had nice jewelry on, nice clothes,” Maurice Foster said. “They didn’t even tell me when they put him in the ambulance, he was already shot twice and tased, he had the handcuffs on … and they put him in the ambulance for 10 minutes.”

The father denied that his son was armed and disputes that he had a gun during the incident.

“I can’t see real good from the footage,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I can’t see what’s in his hand. I see him toss a bag. It goes by real fast, and it’s blurry also.”

The father said he hasn’t been able to speak with his son since the arrest. He added that his son is “an excellent basketball player, he’s smart, he’s intelligent, he’s respectful, and he’s good to his family.”

Cook County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect had three prior felony convictions, including aggravated battery on a police officer in 2018, according to the New York Post. He was sentenced to four years in prison and had been on parole in Illinois at the time of Wednesday’s arrest.

Chicago police are conducting an independent investigation into the shooting.

Cook County Sheriff’s Police Release Body Cam Video After Officer Shoots Man

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Chicago, Portland, Baltimore – The Things We Have Been Warned About Are Now Starting To Happen Everywhere

Whether for good or for bad, the United States always sets an example for the rest of the world, and right now people all over the globe are watching violence fill the streets of our major cities.  For years, we could all see anger building to extremely dangerous levels in our society, but I think that most Americans never believed that it would actually cause such an eruption.  It has been heartbreaking to watch Americans fighting Americans, and I wish that all of our politicians would come together and form a united front in calling for an end to the violence.  Instead, they just keep blaming one another, and things just continue to escalate.

And when I use the word “escalate”, I am not exaggerating one bit.  There are more than 100,000 gang members living in the city of Chicago today, and according to the FBI 30 gangs in the city “have made a pact” to shoot any police officer that draws his or her weapon in public…

A federal intelligence alert from the FBI field office in Chicago, Ill., warned that about 30 gangs in the city have made a pact to shoot police officers if they draw their weapons in public, ABC 7 reported on Monday.

Can you imagine what police officers in Chicago must be feeling right now?

I hope that they are well paid, because they are literally risking their lives on a nightly basis.  This new intelligence report specifically said that these gangs have agreed to “shoot on-sight” any officer that draws a weapon, and the purpose of this violent pact is “to garner national media attention”

The alert states that Chicago gangs have agreed to “shoot on-sight any cop that has a weapon drawn on any subject in public.”

“Members of these gang factions have been actively searching for, and filming, police officers in performance of their official duties,” the alert continues. “The purpose of which is to catch on film an officer drawing his/her weapon on any subject and the subsequent ‘shoot on-sight’ of said officer, in order to garner national media attention.”

Of course a lot of people have been shooting at Chicago police officers already.  According to Chicago police superintendent David Brown, the number of CPD police officers that have been shot at this year has already smashed the all-time yearly record

According to CPD Superintendent David Brown, there is an overall “sense of lawlessness” felt by local police, and the ‘danger to police officers is real and increasing.’

“I think it’s bigger than a suggestion,” said Brown. “I think 51 officers being shot at or shot in one year, I think that quadruples any previous year in Chicago’s history. So I think it’s more than a suggestion that people are seeking to do harm to cops.

It is so sad to watch Chicago descend into complete and utter lawlessness.

Each weekend, the violence in Chicago makes national headlines, and last weekend was no exception.  50 people got shot, and that included “a mass shooting at a pancake house”

Brown, now more than four months into his tenure, did not mention the grim milestone while talking to reporters. He also did not dwell on the toll from the weekend: at least 10 people killed and 40 others wounded by gun violence that included a mass shooting at a pancake house on the Far Southwest Side. A man died and four others were wounded as diners with children scattered.

In a little more than three hours beginning around 2 a.m. Sunday, Chicago police responded to 10 separate shootings, including three homicides and an attack on two officers who exchanged gunfire with an armed teen. All three were wounded.

In Portland, we are witnessing a different sort of chaos.

Political protests have been rocking the city on a nightly basis for three months straight, and on Monday night the protesters decided to target the mayor’s house

Protesters in Portland gathered outside Democrat mayor Ted Wheeler’s apartment Monday night to ‘celebrate’ his birthday by letting off fireworks and singing ‘happy tear gas to you’.

A fire was lit in the street outside the 58-year-old’s apartment block in an upmarket area in the north of the city, as around 200 people gathered while blasting music, sounding horns, banging pots and pans, and playing drums.

This is a perfect example that shows why the violence is not going to end no matter who wins the election in November.

Ted Wheeler is not a Republican.

He isn’t even a moderate Democrat.

In fact, he is one of the most far left mayors in the entire country.

But they targeted his home anyway.

As I detail in my new book, so many people warned us in advance that tremendous rioting, looting and violence would erupt in our major cities.  In some instances, these explosions of anger are being fueled by political unrest, but in other cases we are seeing acts of violence that are completely and utterly mindless.  A perfect example of this is an incident which just took place in Baltimore

Video emerged Monday on social media showing a man crossing a street and another man sneaking up behind him and slamming him in the back of the head, which resulted in the victim falling face-first to the sidewalk.

Just before the victim was hit in the head, a voice — presumably from one of the people recording the video across the street — can be heard whispering, “bitch you bet’ not run.” After the victim falls to the sidewalk, at least two people can be heard laughing and hollering in response.

Video of this deeply disturbing attack has been posted on Twitter, and watching it made me incredibly sad.

How evil do you have to be to celebrate when some random person is knocked unconscious by a brick to the head?

I truly wish that the entire country could come together and agree to bring an end to the violence.  But of course that isn’t going to happen.  If anything, societal tensions are likely to get even higher as we approach election day in November.

It should deeply grieve all of us when we see Americans fighting Americans.  There is so much anger and hatred all around us, and any nation that becomes utterly consumed by anger and hatred has no future.

Ultimately, what we really need is to learn how to truly love one another, but unfortunately that is not a very popular message at all these days.

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Chicago BLM activist warns people will ‘get ran over’ if city doesn’t cave to demands: ‘We’re not asking’

A Black Lives Matter activist in Chicago warned this week that if city leaders do not cave to the movement’s demands, then residents should prepare to “get ran over.”

The activist blasted Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, for “not protecting the black women in this city,” claiming Lightfoot’s response to police brutality has been to “sic her dogs on us” — a reference to the Chicago Police Department — and “beat us and arrest us and steal our lives from us.”

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“We see you for who you are — you’re not fooling anybody,” the activist went on to say, accusing Lightfoot of “creating problems in black and brown communities to protect white people.”

That’s when the activist threatened city residents.

“This is our city, our city, and we’re taking this s*** back. Point back. Period. End of discussion,” she said. “We have demands and they need to be met and I feel like I’ve been saying this too much.”

“We’re not asking you anything. We’re telling you what’s about to happen with your permission or not,” she went on to say. “You can listen to us or you can get ran over. And that’s all I have to say.”

As TheBlaze previously reported, Black Lives Matter activists in Chicago do not believe rioters should face consequences for the mass looting that occurred in the city several weeks ago, which caused an estimated $60 million in damages.

In fact, Black Lives Matter organizer Ariel Atkins justified the looting and rioting as “reparations” to which he said the black community is entitled.

“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats,” Atkins said, WMAQ-TV reported. “That makes sure that person has clothes.”

“That is reparations,” Atkins added. “Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”

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Armed jewelry store owner, concealed carrying motorist refuse to take Chicago lawlessness lying down

The city of Chicago — with its strict gun restrictions — has consistently suffered terrifying gun violence. And now with the added elements of rioting and looting this summer, the Windy City’s lawlessness has turned it into a war zone.

Just this past weekend,
rioters injured 17 police officers — and one of them was “beaten in the head several times with a skateboard,” according to Police Superintendent David Brown.

And at least 63 people were shot over the weekend, with five of them killed as of 5 a.m. Monday, WBBM-TV reported, adding that seven shooting victims were under 18 years of age.

Taking up arms

With even cops finding themselves often outnumbered and overpowered, some Chicago residents have decided to meet the threat with guns of their own.

Terry Te, owner of Imperial Jewelry on Wabash Avenue, told Fox News that looters targeted his store twice in recent months.

“After the first round of looting back in May, they destroyed our building,” Te noted to host Neil Cavuto. “So this time, I just wanted to stop as much destruction as possible and decided to come down right away after I heard the alarm ring.”

To that end, Te put on a bulletproof vest and armed himself with a gun and ordered looters to stay out, the network said.

While his solo efforts were successful, Te added to Fox News that — despite the push from left-wing elements to defund and abolish police — more cops on the streets would be a welcome sight.

“With more law enforcement in the area, we feel safer, so walking around and having our customers come down, we do feel safer with just having more police presence, having more security, because it stops the looters from even thinking about it,” Te added to the network.

And on Sunday afternoon in the city’s Cragin neighborhood on the northwest side, WMAQ-TV reported a 24-year-old gunman opened fire on a motorist, striking the victim in the right shoulder.

But the problem was that the motorist, also 24, is a concealed carry cardholder, the station said. And he put his paperwork to use, firing back at the gunman and hitting him in the torso, WMAQ said.

Both men were taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition, officials told the station, adding that five detectives are investigating the incident.

Bearing Arms)

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As crime soars, Chicago Police Dept. creates special unit to monitor social media for looting

As Chicago has faced weeks of increased violence and looting, the elected leaders in the Windy City have faced ongoing questions of whether they are capable of protecting the city’s residents and businesses.

In an attempt to quell the public’s rising concerns about the city’s preparedness and effectiveness in combatting increased crime, Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) and members of city, state, and federal law enforcement announced a new plan to battle looting, WMAQ-TV reported Friday evening.

Social media monitoring

Lightfoot revealed that the Chicago Police Department established a 20-person unit to monitor social media activity that could give clues to future looting plans, WMAQ said, and will watch all open-source sites 24 hours a day.

“As we’ve seen over these past few months, social media platforms have repeatedly been used to organize large groups of people to engage in illegal activity,” Lightfoot said.

Along with the social media task force, the CPD also created a Task Force of Detectives, in conjunction with the FBI, to focus on looting investigations. According to the mayor, the unit is going over video surveillance and compiling evidence to ID looters and put them away.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx promised that people arrested for looting will be prosecuted and announced that just last week, 43 of 44 charges brought to her office for felony approval received approval.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the city wants “to send a message.”

“If you come downtown or to any one of our retail corridors in the neighborhoods of Chicago to loot, CPD is going to arrest you,” Brown said, WMAQ reported. “If someone is attempting to break windows to loot, CPD is going to arrest you. If you’re going in our stores that have been broken into in attempt to loot, CPD is going to arrest you. If you are carrying or transporting merchandise from a store that has been looted, you will be stopped and arrested.”

“We are going to deploy all tactics necessary to prevent and stop looting,” Brown added.

According to WMAQ, the CPD has canceled all days off and has cops working 12-hour shifts. The outlet also noted that the department is increasing its presence by 1,000 officers.

“We’ve increased our numbers on the street, on the ground, in our downtown area, in our neighborhoods,” Brown said. “That’s the number one difference. We have extended hours that our officers work, we have extended the number of days they work in a week by canceling days off. So there is an increase of 1,000 officers above what would normally be here.”

(H/T: Rolling Stone)

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Chicago mayor claims riots and looting were a planned attack on the city

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the rioting and looting that occurred in her city Sunday night and Monday morning were the result of a coordinated and pre-planned attack, not organic protests of an officer-involved shooting, according to Time.

Businesses in downtown Chicago were damaged and looted for the second time in the past few months, and the situation got so out of control that the city raised the bridges leading into the area to limit access.

The violence was allegedly sparked by the non-fatal police shooting of 20-year-old Latrell Allen on Sunday afternoon. Allen stands charged with first-degree attempted murder and possession of a concealed weapon, and reportedly shot at police first.

Lightfoot acknowledges that some of the unrest may have come from legitimate protesters, but said most of the damage was done by highly organized criminals looking to take advantage of the chaos.

“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,” Lightfoot told Time. “To be sure, there are people that did join in that were motivated by lots of different reasons, and certainly were motivated by social media posts encouraging people to come downtown. But the core of what happened — that’s organized criminal activity. … It was a planned attack.”

There were reportedly more than 1,800 911 calls made between midnight and 3 a.m., and Lightfoot said looters chose to strike during that time, knowing there would be fewer police officers on duty.

Black Lives Matter Chicago disagrees with Lightfoot’s claim that the unrest was not organic, saying it was a direct result of frustration and distrust of police. The organization blamed Lightfoot for leaving Chicagoans with no option besides protest to create change.

“If mayor Lori Lightfoot is upset about the protests last night, then a plausible answer would be to provide an outlet for the people to exert control over the policing of their community,” a BLM Chicago statement read. “Instead, the mayor has opposed and ignored the demand for a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) which would empower the people to get justice for police violence and enact the systemic changes needed to prevent it in the future.”

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Black Lives Matter justifies Chicago violence, mass looting as ‘reparations’

Black Lives Matter members in Chicago held a rally on Monday to support and defend the more than 100 people who were arrested for looting in the city’s downtown area the previous night.

Standing outside the police station where the arrested looters were being held, a Black Lives Matter organizer, Ariel Atkins, justified the looting and rioting — which caused an estimated $60 million in damages — as “reparations” to which the black community is entitled.

“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats,” Atkins said, WMAQ-TV reported. “That makes sure that person has clothes.”

“That is reparations,” Atkins added. “Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”

Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter Chicago released a statement Monday warning that unrest will continue until “the safety and well-being of our communities is finally prioritized.”

“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 [Chicago Police Department] is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in,” the group said, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The statement went on to say, “Over the past few months, too many people — disproportionately Black and Brown — have lost their jobs, lost their income, lost their homes, and lost their lives as the city has done nothing and the Chicago elite have profited. When protesters attack high-end retail stores that are owned by the wealthy and service the wealthy, that is not ‘our’ city and has never been meant for us.”

The new wave of racial unrest was triggered Sunday after an officer-involved shooting in Englewood, one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods.

Police claim 20-year-old Latrell Allen fired shots at police, who responded by firing their weapons, striking and wounding Allen.

But activists questioned that version of events, especially after the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the agency tasked investigating officer-involved shootings, revealed that the officers involved in the incident were not wearing body cameras, the Sun-Times reported.

Ultimately, police charged Allen with two counts of attempted murder and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon.

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Over 100 arrested, 13 officers injured, and 2 people shot in Chicago’s Mag Mile looting spree, authorities say

More than 100 people were arrested, 2 people were shot, and 13 police officers were injured during the widespread looting and vandalism that occurred along downtown Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” Sunday night, authorities reported in a press briefing Monday morning.

The two people shot were a civilian and a private security guard. Both individuals were reportedly taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

The injured officers included a sergeant who was struck with a bottle and another officer who had his nose broken during a struggle with looters.

What happened?

According to the Chicago Tribune, the violence and destruction of property started at around 2:30 p.m. local time Sunday after a 20-year-old man allegedly shot at police while evading arrest. Police returned fire and wounded the man, who was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center and is expected to survive.

Misinformation reportedly spread online wrongly indicating that police had shot and wounded a child, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown indicated. Brown made no excuses for the behavior of the angry mob, however.

“Criminals took to the streets with the confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions,” Brown said of the hundreds who flooded areas along Michigan Avenue during the early morning hours Monday.

“This was not an organized protest,” he added. “Rather this was an incident of pure criminality. This was an act of violence against our police officers and against our city.”

Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has been sharply criticized for her response to recent violence in Chicago, also condemned the behavior.

“What occurred in our downtown and surrounding communities was abject criminal behavior, pure and simple,” Lightfoot said. “And there cannot be any excuse for it. Period.” Later in the press conference, Lightfoot promised a “serious response.”

Mag Mile was trashed

Images and videos posted on social media show city blocks littered with trash and debris and stores destroyed as a result of the looting and property damage.

WGN-TV posted helicopter footage of one of the shopping centers ransacked in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood.

Journalist Andy Ngo reposted a livestream video showing looters walking around inside a store with boxes of stolen merchandise with apparently no law enforcement nearby.

Yet another video posted by ABC News shows rioters breaking into a Tesla store.

Anything else?

During the Monday morning press conference, Brown argued that looters acted brazenly because they have been “emboldened” by the lack of consequences in the criminal system in recent months.

“We have to have consequences for the arrests that Chicago Police officers make through great threat to their own safety,” he said.

As a result of the violence, the city of Chicago raised bridges to block downtown access and instituted a curfew for Monday night.

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Chicago uses social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses ‘Big Brother’ comparisons

If you’re visiting Chicago this summer, you may want to hold off on posting your sightseeing photos. Chicago health officials admitted that they would use social media to track down tourists who have violated the city’s quarantine order and use the evidence to levy fines on the offenders.

On July 6, an emergency travel order took effect that stated that any visitors or any Chicagoans returning home from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases must quarantine for a 14-day period upon arrival. The criteria for mandatory quarantine is any state that has a coronavirus case rate higher than 15 new cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a seven-day rolling average.

The order, which was issued by Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., stated that anyone who violated the mandatory quarantine is subject to a fine from $100 to $500 per day, and up to a total amount of $7,000.

As of Friday, the 22 states included in the emergency travel order include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. Visitors from Puerto Rico will also be ordered to lock down for 14 days.

At a news conference Tuesday, Arwady revealed that health officials would use social media postings as evidence to issue fines against visitors violating quarantine.

“Where we already have a concern, it’s one of the easiest ways to identify people who are not just breaking the travel order but flaunting it publicly,” Arwady said, according to USA Today.

Arwady presented a hypothetical example of a person posting photos on social media from Florida one day, and then sharing photos from Chicago a few days later.

“And they’re clearly out in Chicago, not just back but at a restaurant or at The Bean or whatever it may be, and they’re posting about it,” she said. “That’s an example of where we could use that as proof to issue citations.

“One of the easiest ways to sort of get enough proof that there was the potential of a violated quarantine order without me having to send out an inspector or do any sort of more aggressive follow-up to collect that is to look at social media,” she said, NBC Chicago reported.

Arwady dismissed comparisons to Chicago being “Big Brother,” the authoritarian fictional character in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

“I don’t want to like overemphasize that we’re somehow Big Brother in monitoring people’s social accounts — we’re absolutely not doing that,” Arwady said. “But where we already have a concern, it’s one of the easiest ways to identify people who are not just breaking the travel order but flaunting it publicly.”

She also claimed that the practice of snooping through social media posts will only be used on a case-by-case basis.

“We do not have somebody dedicated to sitting and watching social media feeds,” she clarified. “We’re absolutely not doing that.”

The Chicago Department of Public Health Department has posted notices of the mandatory quarantine at its two major airports, highway signs, hotels, and at vacation rental companies.

“I think it’s actually been extremely effective,” Arwady said. “We have gotten calls about this travel order, questions at a level that has suggested that people are paying serious attention.”

However, some tourists visiting the Windy City openly admit that they will defy the quarantine order. Some said they had no problem violating the order so that they could get their hands on some famed deep-dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s, a popular restaurant with tourists.

“With work and everything, [a] two week quarantine just really isn’t an option,” an anonymous tourist visiting Chicago from Kansas told WBEZ. “We had this trip planned long before all of this stuff, so we weren’t going to back out of it just because of an order that’s unenforceable.”

“I didn’t know anything about [the quarantine order], or that Wisconsin was a banned state,” a tourist from Wisconsin said. “I’m kind of surprised, but I don’t know how they would enforce it, so it doesn’t really mean that much to me.”

Hawaii has implemented a similar 14-day mandatory quarantine order, and health officials from the Aloha state have also utilized social media posts to track down violators of the lockdown order.

As of last month, nearly 200 people have been arrested in Hawaii during the coronavirus pandemic for violating the state’s mandatory quarantine order, including a tourist from New York who was caught after posting beach photos on his Instagram.

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Woman publicly berates beachgoers for Confederate towel. A black vet intervenes, changes the narrative: ‘People like you haven’t done s**t for this country!’

A woman approached a group of Evanston, Indiana, beachgoers earlier this week and railed against them for using a Confederate flag towel as they lounged on Lighthouse Beach.

The incident was caught on video and quickly went viral.

An unidentified black male, however, interrupted her filming and completely changed the tenor of the argument.

What are the details?

According to the Chicago-Sun Times, the woman — identified as LaShandra Smith-Rayfield — shared video of herself confronting the beachgoers on Facebook.

In the video, Smith-Rayfield can be heard telling the group that she was uncomfortable by the presence of the Confederate flag on a towel.

“That flag right there is my swastika,” Smith-Rayfield can be heard telling the group, insisting that she can’t feel comfortable in her own neighborhood because of the towel.

“[It’s] a racist symbol of hate,” she insisted.

As Smith-Rayfield railed against the group, a person she described as a man of color intervened, and defended the group’s right to use whatever towel they wanted — even if it bore the image of a Confederate flag.

The man, who remains unidentified at the time of this reporting, can be heard on the video telling the woman “Let’s not do this.”

She fired back, “This is the United States of American, not the Confederacy. … Why am I arguing with a man of color about this flag?”

The man responds by pointing out that he served in the U.S. military “to defend this flag,” and that she was the one who was out of line for harassing the group.

“Just leave them alone,” he can be heard saying. “People like you haven’t done s**t for this country.”

When it was clear that the woman would not see the unnamed man’s perspective, he left, but she remained undaunted.

Smith-Rayfield continued berating the group over the towel, and even reportedly offered to buy it from them for a sum of $20.

The group refused to sell the flag.

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‘F***ing whole beach full of white people’ did nothing

One of Smith-Rayfield’s friends — notable activist and organizer Leslie Mac — also tweeted about the incident on Wednesday.

She sharing just a portion of Smith-Rayfield’s since-deleted video, she wrote, “TBH the more I think about it — the more I want to find that NB man of color — who TF is he? FR FR.”

Mac revealed that Smith-Rayfield — who she identified as a public school teacher — was irate after she saw a photo of the group lounging on the beach on social media.

“F***,” Mac wrote on Wednesday. “I am shaking right now. A college friend was just live on FB confronting a group of white people at Lighthouse Beach in Evanston (IL) that had a Confederate flag on display. She’s a Black public school teacher & drove down when she saw the flag posted on social media.”

She continued, “Y’all can watch it here – TW [trigger warning] for when the LONE person of color a non-Black man attacked my friend because ‘she’s the one causing the problem’, the Confederate flag holders were ‘minding their business’ and he ‘fought for their right to display that flag.'”

Mac also blasted the “f***ing whole beach full of white people” who “weren’t saying s**t about that flag being on display.”

Protest planned

Smith-Rayfield chimed in on the lengthy and profane tweet, thanking Mac for sharing the experience on social media.

“Thanks @LeslieMac for posting this. It’s been an emotional ride. It saddened me deeply that a fellow POC stood w/hate against me today. His actions gave them validation (dismiss the angry Black woman and embrace the self-loathing Black man). So sadly they learned nothing today,” she wrote.

On Thursday, Smith-Rayfield tweeted about Friday Facebook event — a protest to be held at the beach due to the incident.

The event, titled “NO ONE IS FREE UNTIL WE ARE ALL FREE,” aims to “[s]how up and protest the complicity of our neighbors.”

“Show Evanston that racism in all of it forms is not welcome here!! Your silence is as violent as the Confederate flag and Nazi tattoos!” the page continued. “Bring your signs and wear your mask!! Share[.]”

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot blames Chicago’s violence on ‘states with virtually no gun control,’ says ‘no’ to federal troops

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) said rising gun violence in Chicago is occurring because the Windy City is “being inundated with guns” from outside states.

Through the first half of 2020, Chicago matched the homicide pace of 2016 – the city’s most violent year in nearly 20 years. There were 329 homicides in Chicago from January to June, an increase of 34% from 2019. According to the Chicago Police Department, there were 1,384 shootings in the first half of the year, an increase of 42% from 2019. In June alone, there were 562 shooting victims, an 85% increase over last year’s totals for the same month.

“Sixty-three people were shot in the city this past weekend, and at least twelve people were killed,” the White House said in a statement last Wednesday. “Over the Fourth of July weekend, nearly 80 people were shot, and 17 were killed. Over Father’s Day weekend, 104 people were shot, and 15 were killed, including 5 young children. And the last weekend in May saw the city’s deadliest day on record: 18 murders in 24 hours.”

The children who were recently killed in Chicago include a 13-year-old girl, a 10-year-old girl, a 7-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy, and a 20-month-old toddler.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced Operation Legend, which will send federal law enforcement to “American communities plagued by violent crime.” Trump said federal assistance would be sent to Chicago and Albuquerque, but more cities would be added “in the weeks ahead.”

“For this reason, today I am announcing that the Department of Justice will immediately surge federal law enforcement to the city of Chicago,” President Trump said. “The FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, and Homeland Security will together be sending hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers to Chicago to help drive down violent crime.”

Lightfoot appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, where she discussed the gun violence in Chicago.

“The fact of the matter is our gun problem is related to the fact that we have too many illegal guns in our streets — 60% of which come from states outside of Illinois,” Lightfoot told host Jake Tapper. “We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons.”

Earlier this month, Lightfoot blamed guns and the coronavirus pandemic for the city’s recent spike in violence.

“We have way too many guns on the streets,” Lightfoot said when asked why Chicago is experiencing a dramatic increase in violent crimes. She also said the COVID-19 lockdowns created the “perfect storm” for an upswing in violence.

“That is the thing that if the president really wanted to help, that and the other things I identified in my letter he could do today, tomorrow,” Lightfoot said of President Trump’s plan to tackle violence. “But he’s not really interested in helping in that way.”

Lightfoot reiterated that there would be no federal law enforcement agents in the city targeting protesters like in Portland.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no troops, no agents that are coming in outside of our knowledge, notification and control that are violating people’s constitutional rights. That’s the framework,” Lightfoot said on Sunday. “We can’t just allow anyone to come into Chicago, play police in our streets and neighborhoods when they don’t know the first thing about our city. That’s a recipe for disaster.”

“That’s what you’re seeing playing out in Portland on a nightly basis, we don’t need that here,” Lightfoot added. “That’s not a value add, it doesn’t help enhance our public safety.”

“Let me be clear, this is not about working with the Trump administration,” the Democratic mayor stressed. “For decades now in major cities across the country, FBI, DEA, AFT, those agents have been in our districts and do work and work in concert with local law enforcement to help support a number of efforts, not the least of which is violence in our cities.”