ABC 7 Chicago reports that overnight large, organized gangs have wrought a swathe of destruction and looting across the poshest shopping districts in Chicago:
CHICAGO (WLS) — Looting and property damage has been reported throughout downtown Chicago overnight.
Videos posted to social media showed large crowds breaking windows and entering stores along the Magnificent Mile.
The looting continued into early Monday morning and police could not provide details about specific incidents or numbers of arrests.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are scheduled to hold a press conference Monday at 8:00 a.m. to discuss the overnight violence.
Witnesses said the looting appeared to be a coordinated effort with multiple cars dropping off groups of people, who then smash-and-grab merchandise in the store, and take off running in opposite directions before police can respond to each incident.
Chicago police confirmed an officer did exchange gunfire with a suspect Monday near Michigan Avenue and Lake Street.
According to police, officers were attempting to arrest a looting suspect when a car pulled up
CPD spokesperson Tom Ahern said in a tweet that someone fired shots at responding officers and police returned fire.
Well, that should be a confidence builder.
I only see a limited number of possible outcomes. Either the authorities get control of this situation very quickly or individuals and businesses will start exiting downtown Chicago en masse, in numbers that will be shocking.
This is the fruit of years of incompetent mayoral, police, and state’s attorney’s office leadership. Add to that the ease of organizing such gangs via social media and the frustration of the lockdowns and other restrictions and you see the outcome.
In case there is any doubt it, what happened in Chicago last night has no political basis at all. It was not Antifa. It was not BLM. It was not the KKK or white supremacists. It was organized crime. I’m hearing some “community organizers” trying to blur the lines. No demonstrations or protests were going on. This is crime. Period.