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The U.S. murder rate rose 30% between 2019 and 2020, according to FBI data – the largest annual increase on record, with Chicago topping the list. At least 12 major cities, including New York, have already set historical murder records in 2021. Robberies and assaults are also on the rise, and retailers in major cities across the country are reporting an uptick in organized smash-and-grab crimes during the busy holiday shopping season.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot faced criticism last week after she responded to the recent flood of robberies in her city by blaming retailers for not better protecting their merchandise.
“We also got to push retailers,” she said during a Dec. 6 event. “I’m disappointed that they are not doing more to take safety and make it a priority. For example, we still have retailers that won’t institute plans like having security officers in their stores, making sure that they’ve got cameras that are actually operational, locking up their merchandise at night. Chaining high-end bags, these purses seem to be something that is attracting a lot of attention on these organized retail theft units.”
Lightfoot’s comments were blasted by retailers as misinformed.
In New York City, one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s last acts as mayor before he hands over the reins to Mayor-elect Eric Adams is instituting a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses in the city, claiming it’s his “job” to “protect” New Yorkers.
The mandate gave businesses only three weeks to comply before it goes into effect on Dec. 27, just four days before de Blasio leaves office.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” over the weekend, de Blasio defended the mandate and claimed the city is “much safer” now than it was when he took the reins eight years ago, despite the fact that murders in the city skyrocketed last year and have remained high so far in 2021.
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CHICAGO SPIRALS: 100 People Arrested, 13 Police Injured as Looters Target Windy City’s Tourism District
More than 100 people were arrested overnight Monday and at least 13 officers were injured as hundreds of looters targeted shops in Chicago’s downtown tourism district.
“This was straight up, felony criminal conduct,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “This was an assault on our city.”
“Those arrested were expected to face charges including looting, disorderly conduct, battery against police. Lightfoot said that the city has activated a neighborhood protection program,” reports the Associated Press. “The unrest began shortly after midnight and anti-police graffiti was seen in the area of the Magnificent Mile, which is one of Chicago’s most-visited tourist attractions. Hours earlier, dozens of people had faced off with police after officers shot and wounded a person Sunday in the Englewood neighborhood, located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away.”
— The Hill (@thehill) August 10, 2020
🚨 “LOOTING AND CHAOS” 🚨
Do you feel safer with radical Democrats are in charge? https://t.co/W7XcGw3dRM
— Marc Lotter (@marc_lotter) August 10, 2020
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CHICAGO SPIRALS: 14 People Shot -Including 10 Year Old Girl- and 2 Dead in 24 Hours
Residents in Chicago continued to struggle with an escalating crime wave this week after a series of shootings left 14 people injured and 2 dead in less than 24 hours in the country’s third largest metropolis.
“Those wounded included a 10-year-old girl who was struck in the back when someone approached a group of her friends at a park on the South Side and opened fire. Several others survived separate drive-by shootings across the city. Two men survived gunshot wounds to the face,” reports Fox News.
“Those killed Wednesday included an 18-year-old man, who was shot at around 9:40 p.m. while walking in the East Side neighborhood. Someone in a blue SUV fired at him near the 3700 block of East 104th Street, striking him several times, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene,” adds Fox.
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