Chicago “Magnificent Mile”: Caravans of Looters

 In Domestic, opinion

One of the enigmas of modern America is the penchant of some people to steal other people’s property in the name of “justice.” On Sunday into Monday morning, ‘caravans of looters’ prowled the downtown area, breaking into high end stores along Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile,” “Gold Coast” and others.  The looting began after a police officer shot an armed man at around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Englewood neighborhood.

A report was received of a man with a gun in the Englewood neighborhood. Police found a man matching the description, but he took off running. Remember: if a suspect shoots at police, police will shoot back. Did someone not tell these folks that it’s the way things work out in the real world? At any rate, the suspect is in the hospital, condition unknown.

Tom Ahern is the Chicago Police Public Information Officer (PIO):

 

Which became the excuse for what then transpired. Plus a whale of a lot of misinformation spread across the city.

The “Magnificent Mile” district in Chicago is the main business loop through the city and encompasses what is known as the “Gold Coast.” It runs for a square mile from North Michigan Avenue, including east to the scenic lakefront. But it’s not very scenic today.

Justice = Looting?

The rumor spread that the officer wounded a child, which was not true. That plus the word that another Black man was shot by the police worked together to create a perfect storm of ‘I-gotta-steal-your-stuff-now.’ Not justice, mind you.

What was described as “caravans of looters” hit the “Magnificant Mile” stores from Apple, Christian Dior, Saks Fifth Avenue, to even a  Tesla dealership and a bank ATM, even with 400 more police officers deployed to the area. Cars filled with looters drove up and down the streets, dropping off and picking up people who broke into stores. One car even drove into a store in order to provide access for the looters.

Screenshot of looters attempting to break into a bank ATM @ViNguyen

Screenshot of one car driving into a storefront to make access for the looters  @stillgray

At least 100 people were arrested and 13 officers injured in the chaos after social media posts encouraged the looting, according to police.

“Criminals took to the streets with confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions and I, for one, refuse to allow these cowardly acts to hold our city hostage. CPD will not stand by as our beautiful downtown becomes someplace that people fear.” Police Superintendent David Brown 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot made tough-sounding threats, but it’s highly unlikely she’ll follow through.

“We are not going to let our city be taken over by criminals and vigilantes.” Lori Lightfoot.

Too late, lady, they already have.

Featured photo: Twitter screenshot – looters in Chicago strike the Dior store @ViNguyen

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