Local leaders in Chicago are asking for help from the Federal Government after another deadly weekend claimed the lives of 10 residents; saying the Mayor is “unable or unwilling to maintain law and order.”
“People are too afraid right now to ask the president for help because if it does work, they’re going to make the president look like a success. And it’s a political move,” said Alderman Anthony Napolitano.
“We are dealing with crime at biblical proportions right now in Chicago,” he added.
“We’re putting our men and women, our police officers out there, there is a justice movement going on right now where we had a statue in Grant Park — they tried to tear it down. We had 30 officers protecting against about 1,000 protesters. It looked like a scene out of 300,” Napolitano said. “We need help.”
“Mayor Lightfoot has proved to be a complete failure who is either unwilling or unable to maintain law and order here,” added the President of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police.
“I would be willing to sit down anytime and discuss ideas about how we can bring civility back to the streets of Chicago,” the letter states. “These politicians are failing the good men and women of this city and the police department.”
Read the full report at the Washington Examiner.
CHICAGO MAYOR SPIRALS: Lori Lightfoot Blames City’s Historic Murder Rate on Lack of ‘Federal Strategy’
Embattled Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot continued to deflect criticism of her administration’s response to the city’s spiraling gun violence this week; blaming a lack of “federal strategy” to curb the shootings.
“We have got to make sure that we do a better job of taking guns out of the hands of criminals,” Lightfoot said Friday on MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle. “We have to have a federal policy on background checks and making sure that dangerous people are not able to go across the border to states like Indiana and get military-grade weapons in quantities and then bring them back to the streets and shoot people up. That’s what’s happening.”
Shootings in May spiked 71% in 2020.
“There’s way too many illegal guns on our streets, and we can’t fight that fight alone,” she said. “We got to have a federal strategy on this. We’re going to continue to do what we can do. We’re going to continue to make sure that we are flooding these dangerous hot spots with resources to make sure that we keep our communities safe, but we’re fighting a losing battle. If we don’t have a federal partnership on restricting access to guns in the hands of dangerous criminals, we’ve got to have partnership on that.”
“Violence is crimes of poverty, violence is crimes of people feeling like they have no hope,” Lightfoot said. “When we see young men feeling they’re like only destiny is to be on a corner on somebody’s drug spot, we got to change that around and let them know that their future actually can and should be in careers and college, but we’ve got to make those kinds of investments to make that real. … We’ve got to the find the resources, and we have them, to uplift neighborhoods.”
Read the full report at the Washington Examiner.
CHICAGO MAYHEM: Shootings Leave 10 People Dead Over the Weekend, 60 Injured Including 10 Children
Gun violence continued to rattle the Windy City over the hot summer weekend, with Chicago officials confirming a string of shootings injured 60 people -including 10 minors- and left at least 10 people dead.
“The total number of incidents eclipsed those during the same weekend last year, in which 43 people had been shot, three fatally, according to the Chicago Sun-Times,” reports Fox News. “Two of the victims wounded this past weekend were 10- and 11-year-old boys who had gathered for a vigil near where their relative – Kenshaw Youngblood — was gunned down two years ago.”
“My son was murdered two years ago today, and we were out here to celebrate my son and celebrate his life and here they come down the street,” Juanita Youngblood, his mother, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “This is my family. I’m tired of this here. That’s my father sitting on the porch, they could’ve got him. Something really needs to be done about this here. I’m tired of it.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot deflected growing criticism of her handling of the city’s historic murder rate; claiming President Trump isn’t really “committed” to helping the Windy City’s problem with gun crime.
“If the president was really committed to helping us deal with our violence, he would do some easy things … He would push to make sure that people who were banned from getting on airplanes can’t get guns,” Lightfoot told MSNBC.
Chicago’s mayor blames Trump for her city’s soaring murder rate:
“If the president was really committed to helping us deal with our violence, he would do some easy things … He would push to make sure that people who were banned from getting on airplanes can’t get guns." pic.twitter.com/2S0idD0yQd
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 14, 2020
Watch Lightfoot’s comments above.