Chicago mayor must dump police boss if ‘criminal pandemic’ goes unaddressed, critic says
On Friday night in Chicago, up to a dozen suspects broke into a Chatham neighborhood store and seized as many items as they could carry, according to a report.
A security camera image released by police shows four suspects behind the store counter, rummaging through drawers and grabbing items on display. Another suspect stands on the counter, and others spread out around the store, snatching merchandise.
Another image shows a suspect grabbing several items from a rack.
All of the suspects have fled and police are looking for them, FOX 32 reported.
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In the past month or so, thieves have struck stores in the city’s upscale neighborhoods at least seven times, according to the station.
George Cardenas, an alderman for the city, says such incidents are part of a “criminal pandemic” sweeping the city. This pandemic also includes a murder rate up 3% so far from last year and 59% from 2019, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
This increase in murders comes despite the Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown made the murder rate drop one of his main goals after taking the job in April 2020, the newspaper reported.
Chicago has also seen nearly 4,000 people shot dead this year, also an increase from last year. And car hijackings have increased by more than 30%, with more than 1,800 such incidents this year, the Sun-Times reported.
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Cardenas calls on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to get rid of Brown and his leadership team if the situation doesn’t improve quickly.
“They need to speed things up dramatically and stop this crime pandemic on their own,” Cardenas told the Sun-Times last week. “They have to find a way to recruit more people. It is up to them to decide. The mayor cannot do everything.”
“You have to make changes when things aren’t working out,” he later added.
â€œYou have to make changes when things aren’t working out. ”
Lightfoot, however, dismissed Cardenas’ criticism, partly attributing the city’s crime problem to the coronavirus pandemic.
â€œThe statements attributed to Alderman George Cardenas are misinformed and lack appreciation for the complexities of public safety in this time of COVID,â€ said the Democrat in defending Brown, whom she named.
“If the solutions were easy, we would have solved the challenge a long time ago, but they are not,” her statement continued to The Sun-Times. â€œThe root causes of community violence are deep, complex and generations in the making. “
â€œIf the solutions were easy, we would have solved the challenge a long time ago, but they are not. The root causes of community violence are deep, complex and have been brewing for generations.
Other theft suspects on Friday night targeted a Nieman Marcus store in the city’s Magnificent Mile and a GameStop on the south side, according to FOX 32.
The crimes occurred primarily in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood, the popular shopping and tourist district that includes Michigan Avenue and the surrounding downtown streets.
Other crimes took place in the Near North Side neighborhood, a short distance from the Magnificent Mile.
Just west of Chicago, in Oakbrook, Ill., A group of thieves stole around $ 100,000 worth of luxury goods from a Louis Vuitton store. Police said 14 suspects attacked the store after a security guard took a break.
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Lightfoot, a former chairman of the Chicago Police Board, backed Brown for the city’s highest police station after his predecessor, Eddie Johnson, was found drunk in his vehicle in 2019.
But some city aldermen have complained that Brown has been too low-key during major incidents such as a shooting involving police on a 13-year-old boy.
The mayor defended his nominee by noting that all of the city’s crimes were Brown’s fault, except for the murders, shootings and carjackings, the Sun-Times reported.