Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Won’t Allow Trump’s ‘Troops’ to ‘Terrorize’ the City as 15 Shot at Funeral
Lightfoot said “that the city would be working with federal agents to fight crime but warned that her administration would be vigilant against abuses of power.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted that she will not “allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.”
Timestamp: 6:02 p.m. What happened 28 minutes later? A person shot 15 people at a funeral on the South Side.
Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 21, 2020
Then at 6:30 p.m., people inside a black vehicle shot at those attending a funeral. The attendees returned fire. The car crashed, but the suspects fled on foot.
The injured taken to hospitals remain in serious to critical condition. Paramedics treated a 65-year-old woman on the scene.
Ten victims are women, and five are men.
Police usually assign officers “to funerals for homicide victims.” We do not know if a patrol car was present at this funeral.
However, police were present since it was a large funeral.
This is also one of the worst shootings recently in Chicago:
Last year, 13 people were wounded, four of them critically, in a shooting inside a memorial gathering in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.
In September 2013, 13 people were shot in Cornell Square Park in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. A 3-year-old boy was among the wounded in that shooting.
In October 2018, six people were shot as mourners were leaving a funeral at Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church at 92nd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. As many as five mourners drew their own weapons and returned fire during the broad daylight attack. The services were for Vantrease “Dooski Tha Man” Criss, a local rapper who was gunned down earlier that month.
In November 2012, two men were shot, one of them killed, outside St. Columbanus Church at 71st Street and Prairie Avenue. The shooting took place during a church service for a slain reputed gang member.
Violence has escalated in Chicago, especially since late May after the death of George Floyd:
So far in 2020, Chicago has experienced one of its most violent years in recent memory, especially since late May with the fallout over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota. Through Sunday, homicides in Chicago were up 51% with 414, compared to 275 at the same time last year, official CPD statistics show. Shootings were also up by 47%.
During a 28-day period through Sunday, 116 people were slain in Chicago, the statistics show. That’s up from 40 during the same period in 2019.
We’ve covered the violence:
- May 31: 18 Killed Made It the Deadliest Day in Chicago in 60 Years
- Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Tells Alderman He’s ‘100 Percent Full of S***’ After Describing Ward as a War Zone
- In Chicago, Hispanic Gangs Protect Their Neighborhoods From Looters: “Get the F*ck Out! We Won’t Let Our Neighborhood Burn”
- After Violent Father’s Day, a Chicago Alderman Wants to ‘See More Outrage’
A Chicago Tribune article time-stamped at 8:02 p.m. shows that Lightfoot slightly changed her tone. At first, she “threatened to sue if President Donald Trump tried to send federal agents into Chicago without permission.”
Then 24 hours later and two hours after the funeral shooting, Lightfoot said: “that the city would be working with federal agents to fight crime but warned that her administration would be vigilant against abuses of power.”
Plus, the administration is only sending in “resources that will plug into existing federal agencies that already work with the city, including the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.”
Lightfoot remains cautious but welcomes “actual partnership.” She won’t allow dictatorship,” “authoritarianism,” or “unconstitutional arrest and detainment of” Chicago residents.”
That did not happen the last time Trump’s administration helped Chicago just after his 2017 inauguration:
That summer, 20 ATF agents were sent to Chicago to help form a task force aimed at cutting the flow of illegal guns in the city and cracking down on people arrested repeatedly on gun-related charges. Among other duties, the group was tasked with examining bullet casings recovered from crime scenes to perform expedited ballistics testing to determine if the casings were expended from the same guns used in other shootings.
The extra agents did not such thing and actually helped officials in Chicago.
(The video says 14, but the police added another victim this morning.)
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Laurie Lightfoot is quite a piece of work. She has a real problem performing her duties and distinguishing right from wrong.
She sees everything in terms of black and white.
Lightfoot said that she will not “allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents”
A second career awaits. Vegas is always looking for good talent.
She mad at the world because she’s made her face like the bottom of a………
She’s a product of The Machine. All that matters to The Machine is loyalty. Competence is further down on the list.
I disagree. I don’t think it’s on the list at all. Some days it seems like it’s actively discouraged.
There is a video online where Lightfoot says leaders have to have an allegiance to the new world order! In seeing the obvious disruptions in our country, signs, slogans and protestors organized and waiting for an opportunity, brazen rioting and destruction, criminals let out of jail and not brought to jail, and the less obvious, massive donations to a D.A. or a squad type candidate, My thoughts are that we need serious election finance reform. A local judge or DA should not be getting nearly a million dollars funneled into their campaign by outsiders, aka Soros’s network of organizations and PAC’s. Locals, within the voting district should be the only ones allowed to fund or finance or donate. Ever since corporations became people, this has gotten a lot worse. This evil old man is carrying the cancer of the holocaust, from his childhood and made it his life’s ambition to continue.
Trumps Troops. What a disgusting and deceptive statement. The Federal Government is deploying Law Enforcement Officers not United States Military Personnel. Federal Officers are authorized by Illinois Statute 720 ILCS to make arrests for violations of Illinois State Law.
Lightfoot is a toxic mixture of puerile with venal
Calling federal law enforcement officers “Trump’s Troops” or “Storm Troopers,” is becoming a prevalent theme of Democrat politicians now. It is a blatant and despicable attempt to demonize the people trying to stop the mob takeover of America. They are trying to promote leftist mob rule to violently suppress their opposition, shackle and suppress law enforcement that would oppose this violent coup, and remove your right to defend yourself from the same.
The depths of the Democrat depravity is breathtaking. They are becoming chillingly dangerous. Organize and vote them out office. Turnout wins elections.
We should talk. about Lori’s Lesbian Kitty Killers……
I assume the feds will dub this “Operation Thunderbolt”
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening
I wish Trump would stop with the talk about sending federal law enforcement into big cities to restore order. It distracts the public from the fact that so many big city mayors are terrible at their jobs. Trump never has known when to shut up.
“Distracts”? When the mayors and governors respond to Trumps threat to send in the troops, it shows them incompetent, defiant to the peril of their own people. Trump is goading them into salting their own earth for November and future elections.
Most of the people who live in Chicago hate Trump, so the more time she spends beefing with Trump the more they will like her and the less they will think about all the shootings going on in the south side.
Nope. Trump is now “the enemy,” upon whom they can deflect all their failures.
A truly, truly stupid move.
Dennis, did someone disturb the rock?
Laurie Lightweight shouldn’t care if the Feds try to “terrorize” the residents. It’s hard to compete with what the residents are already doing to each other.
Face it, Ms. Mayor, what you’re doing isn’t working. Maybe you should try something else. Like empowering your own police force.
secondcitycop.blogspot.com offers interesting insight from the cops. Often very sad reasding.
heyjackass.com is a stat page about NYC crime. Always sad reading, although I fully admit my morbid curiosity.
Oopsa and sorry, I hit “thumbs down” instead of “reply.”
Yes, those are both excellent sites, but as a point of order, heyjackass.com is a stat page about Chicago crime.
Or cleaning their break room.
Lightfoot is doing exactly what her masters want her to do. Where people make their mistake is in thinking that those masters are the voters of Chicago. Lightfoot is not in charge of this fiasco. She is only the face if those who are pushing this. And, those people care nothing about anyone other than themselves. hey will burn down this nation and destroy the world to eliminate any threat to their power and position.
Now, the federal government has both the authority and the duty to investigate criminal activity which crosses state borders. It also has the authority to investigate violations of federal law, such as those related to sale and possession oif firearms [even though those laws are a clear violation of the 2nd Amendment. And, neither state nor local politicians have any authority to interfere in federal investigations. So,, all of Lightfoot’s words, concerning controlling the feds, are nothing more than hot air.
It ALSO has the duty to investigate wrong-doing by the states’ gov’ts.
Society might be better off if some of these cities are burned down.
As incompetent as DeBlasio.
Planned Parent, throw granny or something.
And, without the dazzling personality.
OT. There was a huge effort by Google yesterday to ban search results for conservative news sites and blogs. Don’t know how they missed Legal Insurrection. But they did. Powerline was hit, as was Weasel Zippers, common links here.
Google’s wings need to be clipped.
They needed to be turned into buffalo wings.
Look like Mayor Bulldyke and her cowboy ain’t getting the job done.
Liberalism descends into mental illness. Mental illness then declares itself normal.
“people inside a black vehicle shot at those attending a funeral”
That is ray-ay-ay-cisst! You should have written “people inside a Black vehicle”.
warned that her administration would be vigilant against abuses of power
She will not tolerate the competition!
Lightfoot is a poster child for the morally bankrupt liberals in large-city government. They are not there to demonstrate responsibility and a genuine desire to serve their public. They are there to enrich themselves at the expense of their public.
Welcome to the Socialist/Communist/Democratic Party (SCDP).
A curious coincidence, since the very same operational accusation has been lodged at the leadership of almost every African country in existence.
Lori has lost the confidence of the CPD (not that she ever had it). She demonizes them at every opportunity and hired an incompetent stooge from Texas to run the department into the ground, which he is quite successfully doing.
We have daily “protests” led by our good friends from Antifa, who are getting more and more violent, but cry to the sympathetic media if law enforcement tries to push back.
The “protests” are co-mingled with various forms of “wilding”, which has been a problem for a while, but is now starting to involve violence against bystanders.
The general downtown area is turning into a shooting gallery and with the Soros-sponsored State’s Attorney refusing to prosecute many crimes, robberies and muggings are rampant. Oh, and judges aren’t demanding bail these days. So criminal activity, assuming the perp even gets arrested, is pretty much penalty free.
Throw in an effectively bankrupt city and state, looming tax increases, commercial property insurance increases, and I expect Chicago to be heading for the 1970’s NYC look before long.
I live in the suburbs. I have zero interest in going into the city for any reason. I plan to get out of this state as soon as I can.
Take Chicago’s museums with you and the aquarium
Leave the rest
Isn’t it time to admit that by ceding the city to the criminals these Democrat mayors effectively deputize those criminals and must be treated as the ones giving the orders to those criminals? By the way, when a city decides to deny American citizens the right to life, as does Mayor Lightfoot isn’t it time for the feds to stop this effort of secession?
I have maintained ever since the advent of CHAZ that Trump’s staying far from the fray, letting blue stronghold cities effectively destroy themselves, as blue administrations failed to cope with blue civic disarray, was masterful and maddening to the left, because they were unable to “blame Trump” for any part of it. I said that the minute Trump did anything to intervene, the entire situation would become “all Trump’s fault.” I said there was nothing in any of those cities that would impel me to step in to prevent them turning themselves into a bowl of molten glass, if it came to that.
Well, Trump stepped in, and in the most ham-handed way possible — completely unmarked “secret police.” Camo isn’t a “uniform” — at the very least, uniforms identify what department or branch you report to. A number is fine instead of a name, and the whole “unmarked van” issue is completely artificial — but the secret police vibe is damning.
The “4D-chess” illusion is long gone. Today, Trump looks like he couldn’t win at Tic-Tac-Toe.
This woman is supposed to be the holy grail of intersectionality – female, gay and black. I contend she represents the intersectionality of ignorant, damaging and incompetent.
Trans/homo female and diverse. The transection of Progressive legacy.
That’s fine. They have no intention of doing so, so it’s all good.
She could try, but she wouldn’t get far, since nobody needs her permission.
And so it should be. Abuses of power are always a threat, and it’s right and proper that we should all be vigilant against them. If federal agents start abusing their power I expect all decent people who see it to report it. So far I have heard no reports of them doing so, so I take it that they aren’t, which is good.
And DHS? In any event, which agents the administration sends in is its choice; she doesn’t get a say in the matter.
Nor should she. Let me know when any of those things look like they might happen, and I’ll join her in protesting them.
IMO, boosting federal presence should include some additional Fed prosecutor.
Limit the focus in Chicago to tracking down folks with an existing federal warrant and implementing more effective federal prosecution for gun crimes.
That would be a large bite for the Fed’s to chew. Maybe additional ‘federal’ days as well, where federal prosecutors piggyback federal charges on top of state charges.
Those actions will be difficult to frame as some kind of stormtrooper tactics. This is simply federal agencies pursuing violations of federal law. No doubt some will try to spin it into something else, but limiting the focus makes that a much tougher sell.
No tougher than in Portland. The exact same charges they’re making in Portland would apply to your suggestion too. You would still have “secret police” (in uniform, who identify themselves, but who drive unmarked vehicles and no name badges) “snatching people off the streets” (i.e. arresting them), without the mayor’s permission (which isn’t needed), far from federal property (that’s where the suspects are).
You are combining and conflating separate posts.
The current post, above, speaks to proposed future actions in Chicago, incorporating the lessons learned from Portland.
In my post about Speaker Pelosi’s attempt to frame the actions and tactics of the Fed’s in Portland, I stated that the tactics were sound and justified.
I was cautioning that the visuals of those actions were going to be attacked, not because the actions themselves are ‘bad’ but because they could be misconstrued as ‘bad’ based on visual images without context and larger explanation from the MSM.
Obviously the MSM will not provide the context nor explain that the Federal government is free to enforce Federal law with or without the consent of State and local governments.
Just because it might look ‘bad’ on film doesn’t mean it is ‘bad’. I simply attempted to point out that fact and stated that a discussion of that isn’t objectionable.
Since that time the folks at DHS, have been discussing and explaining the 5 W. Noting that the agents have LEO markings on their uniforms etc. They have also noted that when some personal were doxed, they have since been using badge numbers in place of nameplates on the uniforms.
The importance of planning for and implementing the Information Operation component to an overall plan is nearly as important as the tactical planning and implementation.
This battle for our Nation is being fought on many fronts. Political, social, cultural, economic, legal and psychological/information. IMO, it is imperative that we not cede any of the battlefield to our opponents.
I understood you. My reply was that your suggestions would not make it any tougher for them to attack it than it was in Portland. You’d still have agents doing exactly what they’re doing in Portland — snatching US citizens off the streets and into unmarked vehicles. That these citizens have warrants out against them would not make any difference to the visuals. Arresting means “snatching off the street”, and most people who commit crimes in the USA are US citizens. And the DHS are not going to start using marked vehicles because there’s no reason for them to do that and it would just make them targets.
I am respectfully going to disagree that you understand or better yet that I am effectively communicating to you the distinction between ‘what’ one is doing vs the perception of ‘what’ one is doing.
You are correct that many of the same tactics utilized in Portland will be utilized in Chicago. The difference between the two is the ability to benefit from from and apply the lessons learned in Portland to Chicago.
In military terms it is an essential element in shaping the battlefield. Information operations allows for proactive vs reactive communication between whomever is conducting the operation and the local community, the media and centers of influence within the community among others.
Using these concepts proactively helps to mitigate, not eliminate, the potential for legitimate criticism regarding community understanding of what is taking place.
As I stated, the MSM should not be relied upon to provide context and nuance. That is the responsibility of whomever is the tactical commander. The failure to utilize these concepts proactively in Portland led to a failure in the realm of information operations.
The lack of communication led to misunderstanding and misleading characterizations of the ‘what’ in Portland. DHS allowed the forces of anarchy and their allies in media and public office the opening to make these IO attacks.
Hopefully, DHS will learn from it’s experience in Portland, apply the lessons learned, build IO into it’s plan for future operations in Chicago and elsewhere.
Information operations FM 3-13, used to be publicly available on line. That is much more comprehensive than I can be in a post.
On your 6:17pm post, I’d give you an up-vote, but there is no “thumbs up” button that far deep on this thread.
Nicely said. Learn, adapt, and act.
OK, here’s how I understand your proposal: “Limit the focus in Chicago to tracking down folks with an existing federal warrant and implementing more effective federal prosecution for gun crimes.” So federal forces come into Chicago and start arresting people with warrants out on them, and people who commit crimes with guns, which is a federal offense. Is that correct?
Then you say “Those actions will be difficult to frame as some kind of stormtrooper tactics.” But that’s exactly what they’re doing in Portland — arresting people — and the thugs and their allies are framing it as some kind of stormtrooper tactics. Arresting people means “snatching them off the streets”. That’s what you do when you arrest someone. They’re on the street, you stop them, and take them into your vehicle.
I’m sure you’re not proposing that they carry these arrests out only on federal property. Are you proposing that the vehicles be marked? You didn’t say so, so I assumed you were not. And they’re unmarked for a reason — so you don’t have the mob going after them. Ditto for agents wearing their names; are you proposing that they should? You didn’t say, so I assume not; but if you are proposing that I disagree, because it’s an unnecessary risk.
So if what you’re proposing is different from how things are being done in Portland please explain how, and how following your proposal would make it harder for the enemy to lie.
Utilizing the principals of IO will make it harder for folks to lie successfully. It won’t stop them.
If I were running the mission in Chicago I would ensure that I explain to local politicians, community leaders, religious leaders, local LEO local media etc exactly what our mission is and how we were going to perform it.
For certain I would explain why no name tapes with badge numbers substituted, why unmarked vehicles are used, which agencies composed my forces. Put that in pamphlet form to handout. Have main DHS do national media.
The point of an IO campaign is to deny the opponent the ability to form the narrative in a vacuum. It is a mistake to cede that portion of the battlespace to an opponent. The result of that failure to conduct IO was evident in Portland’s example. DHS had to play catch up, they lost the initiative to the anarchists in the IO realm.
As a final point, how much time have you and I spent going over this? I guarantee that DHS personnel have spent way more time being distracted from their mission developing story boards of events in Portland, responding to media etc. That could have been substantially mitigated by use of IO.
I suggest you read the manual for a deeper understanding.
But they know all that. The people in Portland know it too; they’re not reacting the way they do because they don’t understand, they’re reacting that way because it suits their political agenda. They know it’s not true.
I live in Portland and I am good with it. I think that Kate and Ted are going to discover that they are speaker to a much smaller crowd than they imagine. Between the riots and the Covid crackdown, the natives are getting redtless.
Mostly peaceful funeral?
A funeral in a bar should have been the first clue. I guess that next week we will be treated to a wedding at a strip joint.
Like she has a choice.
Again in Chi Balto Phil DC NYC etc not way too much shootings murder mayhem but way too little – as per present Co-Mooni-Tee standards values norms.
Yet, Austin overwhelming votes in the darkest left wing nuts they could last Tuesday
I’m thinking no one bit the goons went to vote
We have to get out the fucking vote
Austin’s homelessness is out of this world and the Police are fed up with the mayor and his council who dictate policy which toes their hands and is now defunding them
Good luck with those social workers answering the 911 calls, the police already said fK it
Mayor Airhead doesn’t need to worry about Chicago being terrorized any more than it is. Chicago’s own residents are doing a fine job of that.
I call BS. They are in no way going to actively obstruct a federal investigation. They may try going to court. This has all the markings of a RICO case.
Until lightfoot catches a round behind the ear Chicago won’t be safe. Sombody needs to do something for the windy city. Debrain mayor lightfoot. Seriously, sombody eliminate this animal whore with extreme prejudice. And please use a piece from Chicago’s own.
Just another day in Chicongo.
An otherwise well-educated university colleague of mine complained recently on a mailing list of how partisan and fascist it was that Trump was sending federal troops into only Democrat run cities. I was on the verge of challenging her to name any Republican run city that was suffering anything near the civil disarray as the cities to which those troops were assigned, but I held my tongue due to the possibility that my current-events savvy was deficient due to the echo chamber effect. Can anyone here name any?
I can’t think of one, but even if there were one that is not the criterion for federal intervention. The criterion is a city administration that is actively supporting and collaborating with the criminals. And almost by definition a Republican city administration would not be doing that; it would be doing its best to combat them, and if its best wasn’t enough it would be asking for state and/or federal help.
Where is that criterion? Up until now, I was told that the sole criterion was that federal property was at risk, and the only enforcement would be against those threatening federal property or personnel.
Where the local government is adequately protecting federal property there’s no need for intervention, unless it’s requested. The only need is in cities where the local government is on the criminals’ side, and refuses to protect federal property.
For example, check out
It doesn’t even broach this subject. Basically it reads as, “because we’re Batman.”
Yeah, I know you have said that twice. But I can’t find anywhere where anybody official has said that.