Mayor, top cop demand action from prosecutors after 100 arrested in overnight looting, riots

Chicago police pass a looted storefront on MIchigan Avenue on August 10, 2020. | CWBChicago

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Chicago police arrested more than 100 people as looting and riots spread through the city’s downtown retail corridors overnight, CPD Supt. David Brown said this morning. The uprising was sparked by incorrect information about a police-involved shooting in the Englewood neighborhood on Sunday, Brown said.

Two people, including a store security guard, were shot during today’s riots. Another gunman shot at police in the Loop, too. Those officers returned fire, but the gunman escaped, Brown said. 

Reflecting on the overnight crime wave and the recent shootings and attempted shootings of nine cops, Brown said, “what we are seeing is violence against police.”

Thirteen police officers were injured, including one who was struck by a bottle, Brown said. Another cop’s nose was broken.

Brown and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot both urged Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to prosecute today’s arrestees to the fullest extent of the law.

“People believe there is no accountability in our criminal justice system [and] we need the prosecutors and courts to step up,” Lightfoot said.

In June, Foxx’s office dismissed hundreds of cases that police brought against people who were arrested during riots and looting in late May and early June.

Misinformation

Brown said the seed for this morning’s wave of crime was planted when cops shot a 20-year-old man who fired a gun at them following a domestic altercation on the South Side yesterday.

False information, including rumors that police shot a 15-year-old boy, spread quickly and widely, Brown said. 

Later, social media posts that announced plans to loot parts of the city, including the Loop and Magnificent Mile, began circulating, Brown said. Around 11:45 p.m. hundreds of looters arrived downtown in caravans of cars, trucks, and vans.

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Today, “criminals took to the street with confidence there would be no consequences,” Brown said, as he pointed to Foxx’s dismissal of earlier cases while not mentioning her by name. “We have to have consequences for the arrests Chicago police officers make.”

“Put your best people on this,” Lightfoot said in a message apparently intended for Foxx. “These people need to be held accountable…We can’t do it alone. We need the courts and the prosecution to step up.”

“This was straight-up felony criminal conduct,” the mayor said.

Chicago cops will work 12-hour shifts until further notice and travel restrictions will be put in place downtown between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to Brown and Lightfoot.