In Chicago, police arrested more than 100 people overnight over “allegations of looting, disorderly conduct and more in the chaos, looting and violence that also left 13 officers injured,” reports local news.

From the Chicago Sun Times:

“We are waking up in shock this morning,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot, calling it “brazen criminal looting and destruction.”

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown, who joined the mayor for a news conference at CPD headquarters Monday, called it “pure criminality” not connected to any peaceful protest.

“Criminals took to the streets with the confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions,” Brown said, adding that police would aggressively pursue cases against people involved in the looting.

“You have no right, no right to take and destroy the property of others,” Lightfoot said. “We are coming for you. … I don’t care what justification was given for this. There is no justification.”

The rioting and looting included an area mall:

More from local news:

Chaos erupted in downtown Chicago early Monday, with widespread looting at countless businesses, property damage and shots fired both at and by police.

More than 100 people were arrested, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said at a news conference Monday morning alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Brown said more than 100 people were arrested for allegations of looting, disorderly conduct and more in the chaos, looting and violence that also left 13 officers injured.

The unrest began at around 12:20 a.m., when police were called to reports of a mob scene on Michigan Avenue. Large crowds gathered outside the Saks Fifth Avenue and Coach stores, with hundreds of people yelling and throwing things at officers.

Looters were captured on video in multiple locations, with merchandise taken and storefronts vandalized. Officers were told to respond wearing helmets and there were multiple reports of gunshots.

Just before 5 a.m., a Chicago police spokesman tweeted that shots had been fired at officers who returned fire near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street. No officers were injured in that shooting, Tom Ahern said, adding that it was not known at the time if the offenders were shot.

It appeared as though the looting initially began in the city’s Loop, but spread to multiple Chicago neighborhoods in the overnight hours, with reports of businesses struck in River North, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, the Gold Coast and the South Loop as well.

 

 

 
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