If “unprepared” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot can’t get crime beneath management, the feds have to be referred to as in to assist, a Windy Metropolis politician is urging in the aftermath of a chaotic evening of riots and looting.
Brian Hopkins, an alderman who represents components of the downtown space, blasted Lightfoot in a press release to CWBChicago Monday evening.
“Our metropolis was devastated by widespread looting and rioting for which our mayor appeared completely unprepared,” he stated.
He additionally accused Lightfoot of providing “nothing however rhetoric and blame,” identical to she did after comparable riots in Could.
He demanded she give you a “security plan that can defend all neighborhoods and small enterprise house owners.”
Something wanting that and “I’m strongly in favor of asking for federal help,” Hopkins stated.
“Our metropolis can’t afford even yet one more evening of rampant and uncontrolled legal exercise,” he stated. “This has to cease. And it has to cease now.”
Earlier Monday, Lightfoot slapped down calls for federal intervention and as an alternative referred to as on the group to come collectively to forestall future riots.
“Once more, no, we don’t want federal troops in Chicago, interval, full cease,” Lightfoot stated.
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and different components of the metropolis descended into pandemonium Sunday evening into Monday after police shot and injured a 20-year-old man who had fired at them.
That kicked off hours of looting and vandalism that resulted in the arrests of 100 individuals. 13 cops have been injured.
Police Superintendent David Brown and Lightfoot stated the mayhem was not a part of an organized protest.
“This was an incident of pure criminality,” Brown stated.