Chicago Mayor Rejects Federal Support As Crime Spree Continues
The crime spree continued in the city of Chicago Tuesday where 23 people were shot and four killed, one of whom was only 17-years-old, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Fifteen of those people who are being treated at five different hospitals reported the Sun Times, were shot outside a funeral home Tuesday evening when people in a black car fired upon a grieving crowd leaving the proceedings.
Tuesday’s episodes of violence follows another day of epic violence on Monday, where 25 people were shot, and three of them died.
“Far too many have suffered. Far too many have attended funerals and tried to start the process of healing entire communities following another senseless tragedy,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in the shootings’ aftermath. “We cannot give shelter to killers. People know who are responsible.”
Meanwhile, the mayor’s city is suffering in a downward spiral in an epidemic of inner-city violence seeing some of its most deadly weekends in the city’s recorded history. Seventy people were shot over the weekend killing 11, just weeks after the Windy City saw at least 106 shootings that killed 14. In the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, 25 people were shot to death between May 29-30 marking Chicago’s most violent weekend in more than six decades.
Instead of welcoming federal resources to combat the outbreak of violent crime engulfing the nation’s third largest city, Mayor Lightfoot began making threats on Twitter explicitly rejecting federal law enforcement.
“Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,” Lightfoot wrote.
Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 21, 2020
When confronted over the epidemic of violence gripping the community in an explosive May conference call, the Democratic mayor blew off alderman concerns.
“When downtown is in lockdown, our neighborhoods are next, and our failure to fully get ready for what’s going on in the neighborhoods, we’re seeing this destruction, and we’re thinking that it’s going to somehow end tonight. We have seen where, in other cities, this has gone on for days; and we need to come up with a better plan for days, at least for the next five days, to try to stabilize our communities,” said Alderman Raymond Lopez. “Once they’re one looting and rioting and whatever’s going to happen tonight, God help us, what happens when they start going after residents? Going into neighborhoods?”
And that was on May 31, to which the mayor dismissed the alderman’s concerns with “next question.”
“I think you’re 100 percent full of s**t,” Lightfoot said when Lopez pushed for answer.
The violent crime wave has also cemented its grip on cities nationwide, where Los Angeles saw a 250 percent rise in homicides by early June and New York suffers a nearly 70 percent shooting increase from Jan 1 to July 17 compared to the same time last year. One fatal New York City victim was 1-year-old Davell Gardner Jr. whose death was met with silence from Black Lives Matter activists demanding community abolition of law enforcement.
“Everbody talk about ‘Black Lives Matter.’ What about baby lives?” said Gardner’s grandmother.
“Everybody talk about ‘Black Lives Matter.’ What about baby lives?.. You took an innocent child from a mother and a father…” pic.twitter.com/cANXXgHRB0
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 14, 2020
Federalist Publisher Ben Domenech echoed the same sentiments on Fox News’ Outnumbered arguing there should be far more outrage over the nation’s violent crime wave than the country is currently seeing.