President Donald Trump has taken a heavy handed approach to policing protests here in the United States, demanding that “law and order” be upheld at every turn.
This turn toward federal intervention began in earnest in Washington DC during the heaviest days of protesting after the death of George Floyd, after Trump declared that he would not allow protests to turn to riots. In the following weeks, as Seattle authorities grappled with a pop-up “autonomous zone”, the White House’s rhetoric increased.
Then, when Portland, Oregon protesters began eyeing a similar “zone” to the Seattle protesters’ “CHOP”, the Commander in Chief sent federal authorities to the city to help keep the peace.
Now the President is pushing to have the same response in Chicago, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot is not enthused.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) on Wednesday threatened to sue the Trump administration if federal law enforcement agents step out of line following President Trump’s announcement that he is expanding government law enforcement operations to the crime-plagued city.
“I’m calling on all Chicagoans that if you see something that doesn’t like right, please, don’t hesitate to report it,” Lightfoot said during a press conference. “We are going to remain diligent, and if we see any steps out of line, particularly with DHS or Border Patrol, we are not going to hesitate to take the president to court and stop any unconstitutional actions.”
And that’s not all:
When pressed on whether she supports the deployment of agents to Chicago, the mayor replied: “The proof is gonna be in the pudding. It’s too soon to be able to say if this is a value-add or not. We’ve got to see what actually materializes.”
As of this writing, there is no precise answer as to when federal agents may arrive on the streets of Chi-town.
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