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100 People Arrested, Over A Dozen Cops Injured – Unrest & Looting Go Down In Chicago After Officer-Involved Shooting

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Chaos erupted in downtown Chicago last night where 100 people were arrested and 13 officers were injured amid rioting and looting following an officer-involved shooting. Details inside…

Total chaos broke out in downtown Chicago as hundreds of people smashed windows and stole from stores and shops. People clashed with police overnight in Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city’s downtown following an officer-involved shooting in Englewood.

Here’s the scene right after the police-involved shooting:

By midnight, Chicago was in turmoil.

Many of the businesses that were ransacked had just recently reopened after protests in Chicago back in June in response to the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd on May 25th.

Over 100 people were arrested, and 13 police officers suffered injuries. The people arrested are expected to face charges including looting, disorderly conduct, and battery against police.

At one point, shots were fired at police and the officers returned fire. Chicago police confirmed an officer did exchange gunfire with a suspect Monday near Michigan Avenue and Lake Street. It’s said the police were arresting a suspected looter when a car pulled up and started firing shots at the officers. No officers were injured in that shooting.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said a heavy police presence is expected in the downtown area until further notice during a press conference with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot this morning.

“This was straight up, felony criminal conduct,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “This was an assault on our city.”

Mayor Lightfoot said the city has activated a neighborhood protection program that will be in place “for foreseeable days until we know our neighborhoods are safe.” Cops have been deployed in the neighborhoods to prevent a repeat of the looting that went down in June.

Government officials and witnesses believe the looting was coordinated. It’s reported multiple cars were seen dropping off groups of people, who then began destroying property and looting merchandise from stores.

Brown and Lightfoot said there needs to be stronger punishments for people who loot because people know if they’re caught, they’ll cop a small charge and eventually be released.

Peep their press conference below:

Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx also addressed the unrest in the city:




As the city struggles to regain order, the CTA announced it has suspended bus and train service downtown at the "request of public safety officials.” No buses or trains will run in the area bordered by Fullerton and Ashland Avenues and Cermak Road.

Here's the aftermath from the rioting and looting in one neighborhood: 



Yes, this absolutely sucks. We also wonder if these white owned stores are giving back to the communities that are turning to violence in large part because of a loss of hope and self value steming from having virtually all economic opportunities stripped from them? Much of this has occured due to systemic racism, gentrification and inequalities in education. If the answer is no, and these strores only TAKE from the community, are they really stores for the “community”? Thoughts?


Photo: Jose M. Osorio /Chicago Tribune via AP

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