During a morning press conference after a night of violence and looting in downtown Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent Brown both appeared to take a swipe at State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for her record on releasing criminals back to the streets. Brown and Lightfoot’s comments come as the Chicago Tribune is out with a blistering reality check on Kim Foxx’s record on prosecutions.
The looting in downtown Chicago happened overnight after false information about a police-involved shooting spread on social media. Huge groups of thugs ransacked high-end stores on the Mag Mile and in the Gold Coast area of the city.
Superintendent Brown spoke this morning about how the criminals feel “emboldened” when they aren’t punished for their crimes and just released on the street to recommit crimes. He mentioned how looters were released after lootings in May and June and how they felt they could just do it again without punishment.
Mayor Lightfoot also mentioned the lax punishment by the criminal justice system:
“People believe there is no accountability in our criminal justice system… we need the prosecutors and courts to step up” -Mayor Lightfoot appears to take a swipe at Cook State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whom she previously endorsed.
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Coincidentally, a video of a criminal complaining about how he’s been treated by police is on social media:
Chicago rioter live-streams and complains about police brutality after they alllegedy broke his foot while responding to the widespread looting
This is what entitlement & privilege looks like. Commit crimes, complain about how police responded w/ force
— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) August 10, 2020