Chicago hasn’t really ever been the most shining example of law and order that America has, at least non the past 40 years.
Part of the reason is that The Windy City enacted a handgun ban in 1982 that lasted over thirty years, essentially disarming the law-abiding citizens of Chiraq while those who ignored the law as a general trait continued to do so.
Gun violence soared, as did drug gang activity, and soon Chicago was known around the nation for the ugly reality of their situation. Despite the end of the handgun ban less than a decade ago, the city is still suffering the effects of the ordinance, which has amplified some of the demonstrations we’ve seen there as of late.
And, despite this, several police officers were caught on video lounging around and popping popcorn while riots raged just a few hundred feet away.
After video surfaced allegedly showing a group of Chicago police officers “lounging” in a congressman’s office as looters ransacked nearby businesses, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called it an “embarrassment” and pledged to identify the individuals and hold them accountable.
Lightfoot displayed still images, said be to taken from the video, at a news conference Thursday, standing alongside Rep. Bobby Rush, whose office was where the incident happened.
Lightfoot was not pleased.
She said the images show the individuals taking a break in Rush’s office while small businesses were looted and burned — and while their fellow officers were outside “getting bottles thrown at their heads” by rioters.
“That’s a personal embarrassment to me,” Lightfoot told Rush during her remarks. “I’m sorry that you and your staff even had to deal with this incredible indignity.”
A worse time could not have come for these images to surface, as the nation’s police force is struggling to maintain a positive reputation in America.
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