A violent crime wave has hit Chicago and Democratic cities across the country.  Shootings are up 220% in Chicago compared to last year, according to the Chicago Sun Times.  The city is on pace to have its worst violent crime wave in 25 years.  The murder rate is set to increase yet again this year following a 30 percent increase in 2020.  Despite this, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is more concerned about concerned citizens hiring private security to protect themselves.  Law Enforcement Today Reports

A police officer holds a firearm as community members gather, Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Minneapolis, for Winston Boogie Smith Jr., who was fatally shot by members of a U.S. Marshals task force several days earlier. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has heard of the Bucktown neighborhood hiring armed security patrols in one of the many crime ridden areas in Chicago.

Lightfoot believes this is a bad idea and vows that no one other than Chicago Police Department will patrol the area.

Lightfoot, who claims to understand that business owners and residents desire the need to feel safe, is disturbed at the thought of having armed security guards patrolling the streets. She said:

“I need to know more about what their [Bucktown] specific plan and scope is, but the patrolling the streets, responding to crime, that’s the job of the Chicago Police Department and they will do it effectively.

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We are not going to start, because people can afford it, standing up a group of…well, I think I’ve said enough. There’s a slippery slope here and I am very concerned about that.”

The Bucktown Neighbors Association has been working with private security to set up armed patrols in Chicago neighborhoods, the patrols are comprised entirely of retired police officers.

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