Downtown Chicago was the site of a weekend clash between police and citizens reportedly sparked after reports went out a suspect was shot after a pursuit in the city’s Englewood section. As a result, stores and businesses along the city’s Magnificent Mile section were damaged and looted with Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaking negatively of the incident but not of the conditions that may have led to the clash.
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On Sunday (August 9), Chicago police shot and wounded a suspect who allegedly shot at officers who were in pursuit. As word began to spread of the shooting, crowds reportedly gathered in protest and began flooding the area after it was initially stated the suspect was under the age of 18, an account that CPD denies.
According to a CBS Chicago report, a CPD officer was mace and another was injured while police vehicles were reportedly damaged. However, the views from activists say that police reacted with violence to peaceful gatherers, thus sparking the widespread outrage that led to the looting.
Around 100 people were arrested in connection with the looting and 13 CPD officers were reported injured. Mayor Lightfoot condemned the acts of the rioters in a Monday (August 10) news conference.
“This was straight up, felony criminal conduct,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “This was an assault on our city.”
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Many of the businesses that were hit over the weekend recently reopened after closing both due to COVID-19 concerns and also after protests raged through the area after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As noted by some public advocates in the city, the rioting no doubt was well-up anger at the mistreatment faced by Black Chicago youth handed out by authorities.
“Yesterday there was an act of state violence targeting a Black youth in the disinvested Englewood community. In response Black youth protested by targeting property emblematic of wealth inequality & disinvestment. Their response was more peaceful than the violence that begot it,” tweeted city lawyer Brendan Shiller.
As is typical with moments such as this, conservative bots and right-leaning Twitter users are highlighting this as a moment to dunk on the Democrats and own the Libs in the process without once addressing racism and police brutality as the core impetus of unrest in most major American cities.
We’ve got reactions on Twitter to the so-called Chicago Riots below.
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When @chicagosmayor says “our residents” need to feel safe, she has very specific residents in mind: wealthy, white residents in Gold Coast where stores were looted, not Black and brown residents in Englewood, where police shot a man yesterday. #ChicagoRiots #DefundCPD https://t.co/l36dDNGdgn— Madeleine (@madeleinedupre) August 10, 2020
Humans Beings are our most vital resources, our main goal should be that people are living long lives with basic resources that spread equally of food,housing & education.— disco ric (@RicWilson) August 10, 2020
So with that being said fuck a building & fuck a corporation until these demands are met. #ChicagoRiots
They’re doing that thing again where they show footage of the #ChicagoRiots and say, “This is what things will look like in Biden’s America,” expecting people not to realize that it’s what things look like in Trump’s America. I feel like people don’t understand how time works.— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 10, 2020
“Riots are the language of the unheard “ - Martin Luther King Jr.— Matthew Greene #MedicareForAll (@MattCGreene) August 10, 2020
A lot of people today are more concerned about rioting then black men and woman being killed by the police. Fuck them.#ChicagoRiots
If i ever get killed by a cop cuz i buss at them first PLEASE don’t riot, don’t loot, don’t even protest cuz i was in the wrong first. At this point mfs using deaths as an excuse to do some bum shit. It makes ppl who really fighting for injustice look bad #chicagoriots— All Booties Matter 🍑 (@tone__g) August 10, 2020
Simply posted for contrast.
Looting an iPhone might be against the law, but it’s nowhere near the level of lawlessness or bad behavior of the police, for example. So in any case, i would not even deign to condemn any of it, as long as protests aren’t SPECIFICALLY about robbing little stores.— GMG (@GforGinormous) August 10, 2020
.@chicagosmayor is about to hold a press conference about #ChicagoRiots. After the last uprising & dozens of children being shot, unemployment & #Covid_19 cases rising in Black & Brown communities, she’s made no moves to #DefundCPD & invest in our hoods!https://t.co/uNiUxJdkT9— GoodKidsMadCity (@GKMC18) August 10, 2020
as long as there are laws, there will be criminals.— nate of darkness 😈 (@nosex_nosex) August 10, 2020
there will be thieves as long as there is property.
the economy is a violence that the police enforce and interventions like rioting and looting are self-defense.
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLICE #ChicagoRiots