Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, blames police for Chicago’s spiraling violent crime problem. Of course, she doesn’t blame the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, now famous for the sweetheart deal she cut for Jussie Smollett. Nor does she blame soft-on-crime judges, affordable bail, dysfunctional neighborhoods or the absence of fathers in families.
It could be worse. She could blame the law-abiding gun owners of Illinois for her cesspool of problems.
No worries. She’ll get around to blaming gun owners and demanding more strict gun control in time. As if generations of gun control have made the Windy City a peaceful, tranquil paradise.
Fox News has the story:
Chicago’s new mayor is taking issue with the city’s police department as the city continues to see far more homicides than New York and Los Angeles, as well as major eruptions of other violence.
“One weekend does not make a trend,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday, according to Fox 32. “But we’ve now had a couple weekends where it feels like we are losing the streets.”
The mayor made the comments while in New York to attend the opening of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, which is funded by billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg “to equip [mayors] with the tools and expertise to effectively lead complex cities.”
Lightfoot’s comments also came off the back of one of the city’s bloodiest weekends so far this year, in which more than 40 people shot, nine of them fatally.
Right before Independence Day, 50 people were shot. And despite the deployment of an extra 1,200 officers in the city, at least 43 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, seven of them fatally.
More than 1,500 extra Chicago Police officers hit the streets, parks and lakefront for the July 4 holiday, typically one of the most violent weekends of the year.
If you believe that Mayor Lightfoot conjured up 1500 additional cops, you put the illegal (federally, at least) stuff in your hookah. She has, though, according to the Chicago Tribune, cancelled planned vacations and days off for officers, mandating they work on the weekends.
From the mayor’s comments, it surely sounds like Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson better start packing up his office. He may be out of a job soon. Probably as soon as Chicago has another weekend approaching twenty murders and a hundred maimed by gangland gunfire.