Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued an order to crack down on rioting mobs after the city was forced to shutter the so-called “Magnificent Mile” where liberal elites shop for luxury items.
“We are waking up in shock this morning. These individuals engaged in what can only be described as brazen and extensive criminal looting and destruction. And to be clear, this had nothing to do with legitimate, protected First Amendment expression,” Mayor Lightfoot reportedly said. “We are coming for you.”
Tough words from the Democrat mayor were not uttered when the fake news media branded riots “peaceful protests” in late May.
“I stand shoulder to shoulder with those who’ve come out peacefully,” Lightfoot said at the time, despite left-wing mobs engaging in looting, assault, and burning local businesses to the ground.
This time it’s vastly different. The recent incidents targeted storefronts favored by the city’s upper-crust. It appears that in Chicago, destroyed businesses and livelihoods of working-class families is the cost of radical insurgency.
“People darted through broken store windows and doors along Michigan Avenue carrying shopping bags full of merchandise. Cars dropped off more people as the crowd grew. At least one U-Haul van was seen pulling up,” a recent Chicago Tribune report stated. “People were seen running out of a PNC Bank, its windows smashed. Crowds repeatedly tried to bash in the windows of the Omega watch store.”
The Louis Vuitton theft may have been the back-breaker for Mayor Lightfoot, who reportedly broke her own shelter-in-place order to go to a hair salon. All told, more than a dozen police officers required medical attention, and as many as 100 arrests were promptly made.
But mobs in Democrat-run cities feel emboldened to commit violent crimes. In Portland, Oregon, Democrat politicians and their comrades in the media blamed federal agents for unrest. But the facts are that arson, looting, assault, and murder went unchecked before the White House sent law enforcement to protect citizens and property. After Oregon Gov. Kate Brown cut a deal with the feds to increase police protection, the Portland violence has only increased. In just 12 days, 10 full-blown riots have been reported.
In Seattle, Antifa radicals seized police precincts. Not until President Donald Trump moved to send troops did liberal Mayor Jenny Durkan allow law enforcement to restore order. These days, anarchists have tried to intimidate the Seattle police chief at her home.
Rogue elements can most certainly expect to get away with assaulting police officers and robbery in Chicago. Recent reports indicate that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped more than 25,000 felony charges brought by the police. Among these is the infamous Jussie Smollett hate-crime hoax that sparked a wave of civil unrest in Chicago.
“During Foxx’s first three years as the county’s top prosecutor, her office dropped all charges against 29.9 percent of felony defendants, a dramatic increase over her predecessor, the Tribune found. For the last three years of Anita Alvarez’s tenure, the rate was 19.4 percent. In all, a total of 25,183 people had their felony cases dismissed under Foxx through November 2019, up from 18,694 for a similar period under Alvarez,” the Chicago Tribune reportedly states. “For the three-year period analyzed, Foxx’s office dropped 8.1 percent of homicide cases, compared with 5.3 percent under Alvarez, the Tribune found. Under Foxx, the office dropped 9.5 percent of felony sex crime cases; the rate was 6.5 percent for Alvarez.”
Do rioters, looters, rapists, and killers believe they can get away with it in Dem-run Chicago? You betcha. But maybe not so much since Magnificent Mile shopping was interrupted and wealthy liberals are upset.
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