Lightfoot Pushing for Legislation to License Police After Cops Caught Napping
Jun 15 2020
"They even had the unmitigated gall to make coffee for themselves and to pop popcorn, my popcorn, in my microwave while looters were tearing apart businesses".
In the nights following peaceful protests over the death of Goerge Floyd, a man who died in the custody of the MinneapolisPolice Department, looting and rioting occurred.
"They didn't care", he said.
"These individuals abandoned their responsibilities", Lightfoot added.
However, upon inspection of surveillance footage, the lawmaker's staffers discovered a number of Chicago Police Department officers making themselves at home in his Englewood office.
"The officers in this incident and others in the past week have demonstrated a total disregard for their colleagues, the badge and those they serve", Lightfoot said.
Rush looked at the videotape and saw eight or more cops, including three supervisors, with their feet up on desks, he said.
Rush, a co-founder and former leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party, has a long, fraught history with the Chicago Police Department that he recently discussed with VICE News.
The footage was taken on May 31 and early June 1, as police received widespread reports of vandalism, theft and arson in neighborhoods on the city's South and West sides, officials said.
"Looting was going on, buildings were being burned, officers were on the front lines truly taking a beating with bottles and pipes, and these guys were lounging - in a congressman's office".
Amid nationwide and local calls to defund the police, the Windy City's mayor also announced the introduction of new legislation.
While she may be chastising these officers, the mayor herself attracted controversy during the protests, with audio from a call between her and Chicago aldermen revealing the mayor downplaying the reality of the violent protests.
While Chicago has always been notorious for its high number of murders, the city experienced its most violent day in six decades on May 31. We should all feel hurt and betrayed. "Officers asleep during a riot with supervisors in tow reflects their leadership".
"And I can tell you one thing for certain, not one of these officers will be allowed to hide behind the badge and go on and act like nothing ever happened", Lightfoot said.
In other words, they'll still be policing when it's all said and done.
Rush, a one particular-time applicant for mayor, has been in Congress given that 1963.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said there will be disciplinary action for all identified officers but he also raised a very valid question, "This kind of conduct means, if you sleep during a riot, what do you do on a regular shift when there's no riot?".
The Cook County state's attorney's office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are reviewing allegations that Chicago police pulled a woman from a vehicle by her hair and placed a knee on her neck.