Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended her administration’s response to the escalating gun violence crisis sweeping her city over the weekend; blaming the murders on the Coronavirus pandemic.
“All these forces are coming together at the same time and making it very difficult… They too have really been hit hard by CoVID and are now just coming back online and getting their footing,” said Lightfoot.
Chicago Mayor Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) blames “Covid” for the city’s spiking murder rate pic.twitter.com/xJMX2mUD92
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 6, 2020
The grieving father of an 8-year-old girl murdered in Atlanta issued a heartbreaking plea over the weekend; saying “black lives matter? You killed your own.”
“They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own… You killed a child,” said the dad. “She didn’t do nothing to nobody.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms weighed-in Sunday on the tragic murder of an 8-year-old girl near a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest site; telling demonstrators “you can’t blame this on a police officer.”
“We’ve talked a lot about what we are demanding from our officers in our communities,” Bottoms said. “We’ve protested, we’ve demonstrated, we’ve been angry, we’ve cried, we’ve demanded action. Well now we’re demanding action for Secoriea Turner and for all the other people who were shot in Atlanta last night and over the past few weeks, because the reality is this: These aren’t police officers shooting people on the streets of Atlanta, these are members of the community shooting each other, and in this case, it is the worst possible outcome.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms:
“We are shooting eachother up on our streets..” pic.twitter.com/Q6Atkm49ES
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 6, 2020
“You can’t blame this on a police officer, you can’t say this is about criminal justice reform,” said Bottoms. “This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car. We got to stop this. We are doing more harm than any police officer on this force.”