Hundreds of police officers in Chicago have retired, relocated, or simply quit the force in recent months as leaders in the Windy City routinely demonize members of law enforcement and threaten to “defund” the department.
“In just the first six months of this year, 367 officers retired. CBS 2 spoke to a recently retired officer who gave some insight into the rising numbers. The person spoke with us, if we agreed to conceal their identity,” reports CBS Chicago.
“People see us as the enemy and we’re not. All we’re trying to do is help the people of the community, the city of Chicago.”
“Data obtained through public records shows in 2017, 37 officers left the department before being eligible for a pension. So far this year that number is nearly double with 68 officers,” adds the news outlet.
“We get spit on. We get things thrown at us, you know, you, they’re fighting with us. People are protesting, calling us names and not just the protestors,” said one officer. “But you’ve got the people who are supposed to have our back in government.”
“If someone had our back, we could do our jobs,” they added. “But again, threatened with lawsuits, indictments, officers getting fired, that is actually, again, stifling us.”
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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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