Lightfoot prefers to concentrate on COVID and let the feds handle the real problems in her city.
Chicago’s crime and violence have grown since the COVID panic began in March 2020 and George Floyd’s death in May 2020.
President Donald Trump offered to send in help in July 2020. Mayor Lori Lightfoot immediately rejected the offer because she obviously had control of the situation.
Lightfoot softened her tone a little after 15 died in a shooting at a funeral. She welcomed an “actual partnership” but would not “dictatorship.” (Look in the mirror, lady!)
Crime and violence continue to climb. The latest numbers show Chicago has hit a record with students dying in shootings before they reach high school.
Lightfoot begged Attorney General Merrick Garland for help:
Lightfoot made three specific requests of Garland. One being that he send ATF agents to Chicago for six months in order to “increase the number of gun investigations and gun seizures.”
Secondly, Lightfoot is requesting more federal prosecutors be sent to the city in order to handle new crime cases that will be generated by the federal government also sending more ATF agents to work on investigations.
Thirdly, Lightfoot wants Garland to send additional federal marshals to Chicago to help the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Chicago Police Department with tracking down thousands of individuals wanted on warrants.
“We need these additional resources well in advance of summer,” Lightfoot said.
Lightfoot demanded so much more because, from what I can only assume, she doesn’t want to do her job. She has to stop COVID, y’all:
Lightfoot also called on the Department of Justice to bring together “multi-jurisdictional task forces to stop illegal gun trafficking across state lines from southern states like Mississippi, up the interstate, through Indiana, and over the border to Chicago.”
Lightfoot went on to say that the city must continue to get ghost guns off the streets.
“They have no serial numbers, are untraceable, and can be assembled at home,” she said.
“I want to remind you that anyone who provides information about the location of illegal guns that leads to a seizure and prosecution will be eligible to receive up to $15,000. We have a million dollars set aside. We are serious about this and we need your help,” Lightfoot added.
Super. Duper. Cereal.
Chicago has 4,270 shooting victims for 2021 as of Sunday. This time last year the city had 3,930.
The city also has 783 homicides in 2021 compared to 749 in 2020 during this same time period.
The public has witnessed 249 expressway shootings in 2021 while 2020 had fewer than 130 in 2020. Carjackings went up from 1,352 in 2020 to 1,781 in 2021.
Lightfoot said the city needs to work on the “root causes” like poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and drugs without providing any real solutions. She mentioned was expanding “the number of officers who investigate gangs and increase the number of homicide detectives.”
I said real solutions because Lightfoot activating an ordinance involving civil asset forfeiture is not something that will work nor should be legal no matter the target. We’ve seen governments abuse civil asset forfeiture.
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