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Police lounged in Bobby Rush’s office while Chicago’s South Side was looted

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The mayor added that “it’s almost inconceivable with what was going on … where looting continued into Monday morning, having started Saturday night.”

“Look at this guy, sleeping on a congressman’s couch,” Lightfoot mentioned, pointing to a picture of an officer.

Rush added: “They even had the unmitigated gall to go and make coffee for themselves and to pop popcorn — my popcorn — in my microwave while looters were tearing apart businesses within their sight and within their reach.”

Supt. David Brown of the Chicago Police Department, who was on the information convention, didn’t tackle the particular occasions however mentioned: “Behavior reflects leadership, always. It’s a hard truth to take as a leader, that you’re responsible for the behavior of others.”

Rush’s marketing campaign office, which has been closed because the main in March, is in a strip mall that was looted over the weekend of May 30-31. Rush mentioned his workers observed somebody had damaged into the workplaces once they entered on Monday, June 1. Then they appeared on the surveillance video, which confirmed officers sitting on chairs and one even taking a nap.

Lightfoot mentioned the workplaces had been looted earlier in the weekend and that officers got here in and out afterward over a interval of 4 hours in the early hours of June 1.

“When you swear an oath to serve and protect, you are a Chicago police officer — not a police officer only for certain neighborhoods and only for certain times,” mentioned the mayor, whose voice shook with emotion and who at one level wiped away tears.

Lightfoot confirmed a picture of officers in the workplaces and mentioned, “We know who you are and will find you.” She inspired them to return ahead on their very own and pledged that the town would take “the strongest possible action — particularly with supervisors,” who have been recognized by their white shirts.

She known as the law enforcement officials’ actions “deplorable … at a time when the city and their fellow officers needed them most.”

Lightfoot mentioned that “their conduct will confirm the perception that too many people on the South and West sides were left to fend for themselves [and] that police don’t care if black and brown communities were looted and left to burn.”

The South and West sides have been hit significantly laborious by looting after the killing of Floyd, an African American man, by the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer on May 25. Chicago officers and activists known as out Lightfoot and police officers for not doing sufficient to quell the violence, however Lightfoot mentioned that police had responded to all of Chicago’s 50 wards evenly.

As Lightfoot famous on Thursday, she and Rush “haven’t always agreed on every issue, but today we are in total alignment in righteous anger” over the episode at his office.

Lightfoot additionally mentioned she was transferring forward to work with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state lawmakers to license law enforcement officials. “We must act,” she mentioned.

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