“A shooting came up a few days ago and we couldn’t even get a unit over there. A unit could not even get to that scene until 10 plus minutes later because there was no one”
Chicago police dispatcher Keith Thornton Jr. is in the news this week due to his social media rant against Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Thornton is tired of the crime in Chicago and of police being demeaned and understaffed.
The Daily Mail reports:
‘You’re a disgrace…the City of Chicago is tired of it’: Police dispatcher eviscerates mayor Lori Lightfoot for letting city become a ‘death zone’ as murders hit 25-year high
A police dispatcher has labelled Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ‘a disgrace’ for allowing the city to become a ‘death zone’ after murders hit a 25-year high.
Keith Thornton Jr. posted a video to Facebook on Christmas Eve slamming Lightfoot as well as the Superintendent of Police David Brown for failing to support the force.
He said he had been compelled to speak up because ‘several of my officers have texted me that they were scared … They have no backing and they’re scared of being out there by themselves, working in the 16th District.’
Thornton said officers in the district, which is in the northwest of the city, were so ‘shorthanded’ that if you call 911 from the area ‘officers are not coming to you.’
He said this wasn’t petty crimes – this was ‘females being beaten’ as well as stabbings and shootings.
‘A shooting came up a few days ago and we couldn’t even get a unit over there. A unit could not even get to that scene until 10 plus minutes later because there was no one,’ Thornton told viewers.
Here’s a video report from ABC News in Chicago:
Eric Bolling on Newsmax interviewed Thornton yesterday as well. Watch the whole thing or skip to the 5:15 mark:
"It's like Grand Theft Auto right now in the city of Chicago and if you are a leader you've got to be held accountable for that."
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 29, 2021
Thornton’s original video is almost a half hour long but can be viewed here.
When it comes to big city mayors, it’s difficult to know who is worse – Lightfoot or Bill de Blasio of New York City. Neither of them will be remembered well by history.
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