Chicago officials made distraught complaints to Mayor Lori Lightfoot as looting and rioting erupted through the Windy City, begging for help and warning that those who were vulnerable have already lost access to food and medicine, according to Fox News.
A tape obtained by WTTW News depicts a conference call among 50 of the city’s alderman and the mayor, where you can hear one alderman weeping, and others denouncing the misgivings going on in their city.
“My ward is a s–t show,” one alderman says. “They are shooting at the police.”
“How do businesses recover and why would they want to recover in our community?” another is heard asking.
Lightfoot herself recognized what she described as a “massive, massive problem.” Earlier she described rioters as just f—–g lawless right now.”
“I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen s–t like this before, not in Chicago,” Lightfoot said.
Ono that same phone call, others pointed the finger at Lightfoot herself, and her response to the crisis.
One man, Alderman Raymond Lopez, demanded that Lightfoot develop a plan to stabilize Chicago’s neighborhoods for five days, calling his Southwest Side ward “a virtual war zone” where armed gang members were threatening to shoot black people.
When he demanded she respond to the remarks, Lightfoot told him he was “100 percent full of s–t.”
“Well, f–k you then,” Lopez responded.
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After the death of Floyd in police custody last month, riots and protests broke out in cities across the country, with many being overwhelmed by the scale of the looting and violence — even though largely peaceful protests have returned to the streets after that initial surge of unrest.
The call in Chicago was held Sunday, May 31. That day alone, there were 699 arrests — primarily looters — 132 officers injured, 48 shootings and 17 homicides, according to CBS Chicago, as well as widespread damage to businesses and other property.
One alderman asked how seniors and vulnerable populations were supposed to get medicine and food if “every CVS, every Walgreens is shutting down.”
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It’s a sign of just how shocked and overwhelmed city officials across the country were by the rioting. Many cities imposed curfews in response, which eventually helped reduce the outbreaks of crime. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, on Lightfoot’s request, called in the National Guard to help deal with the crisis.