Chicago’s famously inept Mayor Lori Lightfoot, an advocate of defunding the police and a critic of law enforcement and gun rights for law-abiding civilians, sure likes to feel safe and secure. She has presidential-level security detail of 90 police officers to protecting her and her family. That’s almost 1% of the total number of sworn officers in the city…dedicated to protecting her.
In her efforts to reimagine policing, Mayor Lightfoot oversaw the defunding of the Chicago PD to the tune of about $59 million in 2020 (she wanted to cut $80 million, but couldn’t get through the city council). She also left hundreds of vacant CPD positions unfilled after resignations and retirements.
At the same time, she advised locals not to use guns to defend themselves, but instead dial 911…and wait. And then wait some more. All the while, Her Honor blamed guns, not gangs, for the rampant crime that perpetually afflicts Murder City, USA.
Chicago’s well endowed mayor also has recently advocated “suing the hell” out of gun makers in an attempt to shift blame for the gang violence that she’s enabled with her failed policies. And why not? The State of Illinois, after all, pays violent gang members to act as “violence interrupters.” Some of them occasionally shoot other people while they’re free on “affordable” bail for previous felony gun arrests. With crime control measures like that, is it any wonder why there’s blood everywhere in Chicago?
How much blood, you ask? Chicago has had 128 homicides so far in 2022 (as of this writing…keep refreshing). That’s more than 18 entire states totaled in all of 2020. In fact, that’s more than six states had in 2020, combined.
The UK’s Daily Mail has the details that legacy media outlets in America don’t want to cover . . .
One-time Defund the Police advocate Mayor Lori Lightfoot has a secret group of Chicago cops known as Unit 544 protecting her alongside her bodyguards, it has been revealed.
The unit of 65 officers, five sergeants and a lieutenant are provide round-the-clock protection for the city’s mayor, together with her bodyguard detail of about 20 men, The Chicago Sun Times has revealed, citing city records.
The revelation comes as crime in the Windy City has surged to frightening new rates not seen in half a decade, and after Lightfoot proposed slashing a whopping $80 million from the Chicago Police Department budget in 2020 during the Defund the Police protests.
The proposal was later scaled back and 3.33 percent of the budget – or $59 million – was cut.
It also comes amid news 660 cops retired in 2021 – almost twice as many as in 2018. The mass retirements came in the same year Lightfoot announced a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for city employees.
Lightfoot would also like Chicagoans to forget about the 2800 officers she tried to put on unpaid suspension a couple of weeks ago because they refused to take Covid vaccine.
Given her record, it’s a miracle that the official violent crime numbers are “only” up 34% so far this year. How many additional crimes could be prevented and criminals taken off Chicago’s streets if, say, 80 of Lightfoot’s 90-cop detail were doing something productive? How many lives would those arrests save? Maybe someone in the local media could ask her, but don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.