Chicago Mayor Lightfoot: ‘Vast Majority’ Of Protests ‘Have Been Peaceful’

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    (Breitbart) – Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the “vast majority” of protests in her city “peaceful.”

    On Saturday, 17 officers were injured, and 24 people were arrested after protests turned violent in Chicago.

    Lightfoot said, “Unfortunately, what we’ve seen in cities all across the country, not just Chicago, is a continuing wave of protests. The vast majority of these have been peaceful. But what we’ve also seen is people who have embedded themselves in these seemingly peaceful protests and have come for a fight. What happened yesterday was really over very quickly because our police department has resolved to make sure we protect peaceful protests, but we’re absolutely not going to tolerate people who come to these protests looking for a fight, and are intending to injury our police officers and injury innocent people who just come to express their First Amendment rights. That is a very different thing than what than what happened yesterday. Last Sunday was absolutely a planned attack. It is not spontaneous when you bring U-Haul trucks and high-end robbery tools.”

    She added, “We’re working with our federal partners to identify exactly who the ring leaders are. We’re actively pursuing cases against others. We’re determined to make sure we get to the bottom of this and bring those responsible for this organized crime effort to justice.”

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    Flashback: Chicago Store Owner, Looted Twice Since May, Plans to Sue City

    A Chicago convenience store owner who has been looted twice since May plans to sue the city after the police failed to respond each time his store was destroyed.

    Walid Mouhammad recently spent $300,000 to repair his store from the damage it suffered from looters in May when it got ransacked again by looters last week.

    Mouhammad said that the police had done nothing to stop the looters from destroying his store, especially as he watched for 25 minutes waiting for the police as the looters ripped out a recently replaced steel door, stole merchandise, and ripped out an ATM.

    “This is the second time,” Mouhammad told WLS. “I’ve been open for just 40 days, so who will be responsible for this?”

    The latest destruction took place after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that the city would hold looters accountable for their crimes.

    Mouhammad’s store was one of the hundreds of stores being looted late Sunday into early Monday last week, with looters clearing out stores, WGN reported.

    Police arrested 100 people, and 13 police officers were injured during riots that evening.

    Meanwhile, Mouhammad plans on suing the city of Chicago for taking over “25 minutes” to respond to his call that evening.

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