On Saturday morning, video footage broke of a Black Lives Matter activist making her claim for the lawlessness, rioting, and harassment stemming from the radical, violent movement. The woman spoke to a handful of local reporters about police brutality in Chicago claiming that “Our mayor has said nothing about it. Our black, gay mayor is not protecting the black women in this city. I have a personal problem with that.”
Meanwhile, far-left Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has banned protesters from congregating on the block where she lives, citing concerns for her safety. She defended the ruling, stating, “I have a right to make sure that my home is secure.”
While like all other Americans she certainly has a natural right to her person and property being protected from the violence of protests and riots, why aren’t the residents of Chicago afforded the same security?
Lightfoot has been a controversial figure in Chicago due to comments about the looting and violence that keeps breaking out there this summer during Black Lives Matter protests. While Lightfoot has openly supported the protests, she has criticized the riots.
.#BlackLivesMatter activist in Chicago: “We have demands and they need to be met … we’re not asking you anything. We’re telling you what’s about to happen with your permission or not. … You can listen to us or you can get ran over.” pic.twitter.com/yEXFT4LOv9
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 22, 2020
In the aftermath of a particularly violent struggle between cops and rioters in July, Chicago Mayor Lightfoot released a statement, saying,
“Hundreds took to the streets yesterday to express their First Amendment right to protest. I unequivocally support and will always fight for the rights of individuals to peacefully protest on any issue… There is a dialogue that must be had to honestly confront the deeply ingrained history of racism and discrimination that has subjected Black, Indigenous and other communities of color in our city and our nation for too long… Unfortunately, last night, a portion of the protesters turned violent… These violent acts are unacceptable and put everyone at risk.”
Of course, it is a basic duty of government to protect people from violence in their own homes. Yet this is the reality for many in Chicago right now. Another prime example of Democrat-led cities failing to serve their citizens.
The city is facing looting and rioting that, despite mass arrests, is largely remaining unchecked. Chicago just faced its most violent month in 28 years, as 107 people were murdered in July. Most of these unjust deaths resulted from shootings. Chicago has stringent gun restrictions on its books, but that hasn’t stopped criminals from obtaining or using weapons.
The city of Chicago has been declining since the election of far-left anti-Trump Mayor Lori Lightfoot and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. The combination of the two leftist politicians has been a complete disaster for the people of the Windy City. Looters and criminals have been set free in record numbers, so they feel emboldened to recommit crimes because they know they won’t be punished.
You get what you vote for, and Chicagoans are feeling the pain of a lack of leadership and law & order in the city.
Americans cannot accept the rationalization from the left that it’s ok to steal and loot—law & order matters. So far, it’s been crickets from Democrats on pushing back on this.