Chicago mayor orders 140 cops to guard her home, allows city to succumb to violence
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is under fire again, this time for empowering police to arrest anyone demonstrating near her northwest side home, even as she has allowed violent demonstrations to rock other parts of the city.
“The Chicago Police Department has effectively banned protesters from demonstrating on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s block in the Logan Square neighborhood, ordering officers to arrest anyone who refuses to leave, the Tribune has learned.”
Chicago has witnessed extraordinary violence across the city this year with sharp increases in shootings and murder. Protests across the city have often turned violent as Antifa and Black Lives Matter organizers have assaulted police in their campaign to dismantle the American police force.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the police department has assigned up to 140 officers to guard the area around the mayor’s home, which critics have dubbed Fort Lori.
“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,” said Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara, criticizing Lightfoot.
“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 concluded.
Chicago Police reported that 17 officers were injured just last week in violent clashes with anti-cop protesters in downtown, while Lightfoot continues to order cops to treat protesters lightly.
The criticism of Lightfoot is not limited to those who think she won’t let police protect themselves.
“Four Chicago aldermen have filed notice to force a special meeting of the City Council to address looting and call for the National Guard to be deployed,” tweeted Chicago Tribune city beat reporter Gregory Pratt just two days ago in response to the violence.
One of the aldermen, Raymond Lopez, warned the mayor earlier this summer that the violence was growing out of control, which precipitated a profane exchange between the two according to audio recordings of the phone call.
“Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th Ward) demanded that Lightfoot develop a plan to stabilize Chicago’s neighborhoods for five days, calling his Southwest Side ward ‘a virtual war zone’ where gang members armed with AK-47’s were threatening to shoot black people,” said Chicago’s Public TV, WTTW.
The mayor responded: “I think you’re 100% full of s***, is what I think.”
“Well, f–k you then,” Lopez responded, telling the mayor that her attitude was the main reason why the violence was out of control.
This week, Lightfoot defended her decision to use the police to defend her home while she leaves other areas and police at the mercy of rioters and gangs.
“I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis, on a daily basis, understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” said Lightfoot at a news conference.
It’s likely that they understand that, because they feel the same way about their own homes.
But that the Chicago mayor doesn’t sympathize with them about their homes is likely leading to residents to think the mayor is also 100 percent full of something.
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