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Members of violent street gangs in Chicago have formed a "shoot on sight" pact to execute police officers who draw their weapons on suspects.

Chicago, which has the highest national average of officers being shot or killed, is home to multiple factions of street gangs who are "actively searching for" and filming police officers, according to an FBI report.

Chicago-based FBI agents released an August 26 "situation information report" that details the gang activity, ABC7 reported.

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The report states: "members of these gang factions have been actively searching for, and filming, police officers in performance of their official duties. The purpose of which is to catch on film an officer drawing his/her weapon on any subject and the subsequent 'shoot on-sight' of said officer, in order to garner national media attention."

According to police superintendent David Brown, there is an overall "sense of lawlessness", and the "danger to police officers is real and increasing."

Brown continued: "I think it's bigger than a suggestion. I think 51 officers being shot at or shot in one year, I think that quadruples any previous year in Chicago's history. So I think it's more than a suggestion that people are seeking to do harm to cops."

"We need police officers and as community members we need to push back fervently against lawlessness," Brown said.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed to arrest rioters who went on a looting spree in downtown Chicago after news of a police-involved shooting in the city's Englewood neighborhood.

Mayor Lightfoot joined Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and city officials at a news conference following a night of unrest reportedly due to a police-involved shooting in Englewood, a neighborhood in Chicago. The 20-year-old victim is in stable condition at a hospital.

After the shooting, a crowd gathered on the South Side, The Loop, Mag Mile and the Gold Coast areas. Social media posts encouraged "a caravan of cars" to go loot downtown. 400 officers were dispatched to the downtown area.

Social media videos shows looters ransacking stores and fleeing with cash registers. In one video, a stolen Audi was rammed into a Tesla dealership. More than 100 looters were arrested on Sunday night.

Superintendent Brown said the looting happened on Sunday night because there were no consequences after the George Floyd riots. Very few criminals were prosecuted after previous riots in May and June.

Mayor Lightfoot was heated, as she called the rioters "felony criminals," and she instructed one reporter not to "bait" her and the police chief with loaded questions.

"This was not protected First Amendment speech," Mayor Lightfoot said. "This was not poor people engaged in petty theft to feed themselves. This was straight-up felony criminal conduct."

The mayor said the shooting in Englewood was not a driving factor in the looting last night. She said the looting was "deeply painful" for residents and merchants, and she thanked the police for their professionalism.

The former prosecutor urged law enforcement to put their best officers on the investigation into the looting.

"To those who engaged in this criminal behavior, let's be clear, we are coming for you... You have no right to take and destroy the property of others."
 

 

 

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and President Trump have reached an agreement to accept federal assistance with ongoing violence that's ripping her city apart.

On Tuesday, the mayor's office said President Trump "reached out to Mayor Lightfoot this evening to confirm that he plans to send federal resources to Chicago to supplement ongoing federal investigations pertaining to violent crime."

The Chicago Sun-Times reports "The conversation was brief and straightforward," according to the statement.

Lightfoot vowed to file a federal lawsuit if Trump sent federal troops into her city to combat spiking gun violence that left hundreds of people wounded and dozens dead, including multiple children.

Lightfoot reportedly backed down and reached an agreement with Trump after local church and civic leaders told her to stop playing politics with children's lives.

"Mayor Lightfoot maintains that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Attorney's office. The Mayor has made clear that if there is any deviation from what has been announced, we will pursue all available legal options to protect Chicagoans."

She said she didn't want a repeat of the chaos in Portland, Oregon, where Trump sent federal officers in unmarked vehicles to sweep protestors off the streets this month.

Trump will deploy hundreds of troops to Chicago and also to Albuquerque, New Mexico to quell the violence that erupted in those cities after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the police department. Crime has risen 40% in Minneapolis as a result.

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President Trump vowed to send federal troops to Chicago after a bloody weekend of violence left 63 shot and 12 people killed, including two children.

Tensions between Trump and the mayor of Chicago erupted after he tweeted about the ongoing violence in her city.

Trump vowed to send federal troops to the Democratic stronghold this week to quell the violence.

"How about Chicago? Would you say they need help after this weekend?" Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. "You know the numbers that you hear, the numbers? Many, many shot. Many, many killed."
 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she had concerns about federal troops who disrupted Antifa and Black Lives Matter uprisings in Portland, Oregon over the weekend.

"I have great concerns about that in particular, given the track record in the city of Portland," Mayor Lightfoot said.

Federal agents in unmarked cars ambushed startled protestors in Portland and took them to unknown locations over the weekend.

Unlike the National Guard, federal agents have more powers to arrest and detain people who trespass or commit crimes on federal property.

"I have talked to the mayor of Portland (and) we don't need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the street and holding them, I think, unlawfully," Lightfoot added.

At least 18 Chicago police officers were hospitalized after hundreds of protesters - many holding black umbrellas to shield their identities, assaulted police with frozen water bottles, rocks, and other projectiles as they tried to take down the statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park on Friday.

Mayor Lightfoot blamed "a group of vigilantes" who came to Chicago "for a fight, not a peaceful protest."

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Chicago experienced its deadliest day in the city's history as 18 people were gunned down in a 24 hours. 18 people died on May 31, while the city was ransacked by looters amid the George Floyd protests.

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Gang bangers and other lawbreakers took to the streets armed with guns while police were distracted with the protests.

Among those killed were John Tiggs, (pictured) a father of three, who was gunned down inside a Metro PCS store while trying to pay his cellphone bill.

Angelo Bronson, 36, a father of two, was shot when a bullet fired from a passing car hit him in the chest. He was in town visiting family, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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College student Lazarra Daniels, 18, (pictured) was fatally shot around 10:51 p.m. Her body was found in the middle of a street.

"We've never seen anything like it, at all," Max Kapustin, Crime Lab senior research director told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kapustin added that "I don't even know how to put it into context. It's beyond anything that we've ever seen before.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleaded with Walmart and Target not to abandon the city after looters vandalized the big box stores.

After a conference call with Walmart and other retailers that were targeted by looters, Lightfoot said she pleaded with the retailers to reopen and not abandon Chicago.

The stores are closed indefinitely - putting hundreds of employees out of work - after looters stole merchandise and set fires inside the buildings in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"I think in the case of Walmart, what they were focused on was assessing the damage," said Lightfoot, who added the retailers are donating "fresh produce" and other perishables that weren't taken by looters.

There were earlier reports that Walmart would reopen all stores trashed by looters and vandals, but company officials later said some stores will remain closed permanently.

They didn't say which neighborhoods will be affected.

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Chicago police followed through on their threat to cite the building owner where a house party was attended by an estimated 1,000 young people amid the Covid-19 lockdown on Saturday.

According to TMZ.com, city officials levied fines against the property owner, and also cited her for disorderly conduct for violating the city's stay-at-home order.

The amount of the fines will be determined at a later date, as the courthouse is closed during the lockdown.

A city alderman said the property owner is now "on notice".

The adult child of the owner reportedly had keys to the building and disabled the alarm to hold the party, which was advertised on social media.

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Chicago police busted up the party and a similar event nearby. No arrests were made at either location.

Cell phone videos from both parties show hundreds of young folk commingling in close proximity in violation of social distancing rules.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, reacted angrily to the video footage on Monday, saying those responsible for throwing the party would be held accountable.

"What happened in that scene was just foolish and reckless," Lightfoot said. "There's got to be a level of personal responsibility for that. Millennials aren't children."
 

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Chicago police busted up a house party attended by 1,000 people amid the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday night.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker slammed the partygoers for violating his orders. "You are literally putting everyone around you in danger -- you are!"

Cell phone video shows partygoers packed into a small space in the Chi while ignoring social distancing precautions.

No one was arrested at the gathering, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Some of the partygoers wore masks while the majority were bare faced. The 23-minute video footage was posted on Facebook by Chicago resident Tink Purcell.

She was heard saying, "You can't even move in this b*tch!"

Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed the partygoers as "reckless and utterly unacceptable."

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"I have seen the video which shows what appears to be a house party taking place inside a Chicago residence," she wrote.

"While most Chicagoans are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, reckless actions like these threaten our public health and risk erasing the progress we have made."

Lightfoot threatened to arrest the party organizers for violating her stay-at-home order.

"We will hold those responsible accountable," she fumed.

"The fewer people who comply with the 'Stay At Home' Order, the sicker our residents will get and the harder it will be for us to recover," she wrote.

But two California doctors say the data doesn't support all the fear mongering.

Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi say quarantines are causing more harm than good amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The doctors say quarantines are no longer necessary because the coronavirus is statistically no different from the flu.

Herd immunity, also called population immunity or community immunity, protects against infectious diseases that occur when a large percentage of the population has become immune to an infection, whether through previous vaccinations or through regular exposure to viruses and bacteria.

The physicians say herd immunity can't form if the majority of healthy people stay indoors. Herd immunity also increases good bacteria that helps us fight off infections.

Democratic governors and mayors have been resistant to easing restrictions - at least until after the November elections.

House Democrats are pressuring Trump to add funding for mail-in and absentee ballots into a stimulus package so all Americans can mail in their votes.
 

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was heavily criticized for getting her hair cut while the rest of the city is under a stay-at-home order.

Lightfoot, 57, was pictured with her stylist after getting a haircut over the weekend. The photos went viral on social media on Monday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot acknowledged not practicing social distancing by getting the haircut, even as she shuttered her city's hair salons and barbershops to slow the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19.

The openly lesbian mayor defended her privilege, saying she is a public figure who is required to appear in public often and she must be well-groomed for the cameras.

She stated that she wore a mask and gloves to get her hair cut (although she wore none in the photos).

"I think what really people want to talk about is, we're talking about people dying here,” the Democratic mayor said. "We're talking about significant health disparities. I think that's what people care most about."

She added: "The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on. So we are, I am practicing what I'm preaching," Lightfoot said.

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The Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois has voted to tax the sale of marijuana to fund reparations for Black residents.

The council voted 8 to 1 on Nov. 25 to implement a 3% tax on marijuana to fund the reparations plan.

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The city plans to generate $500,000 and $750,000 through marijuana tax revenue each year. The city can also receive outside donations to the reparations fund.

Robin Rue Simmons, a black alderman who represents the city's historically Black Fifth Ward, says the fund will benefit residents affected by the war on drugs.

"Our community was damaged due to the war on drugs and marijuana convictions," she told The Washington Post. "This is a chance to correct that. Our disadvantage and discrimination has continued beyond outlawing Jim Crow and beyond enslavement."

The new reparations fund will allow Black residents to remain in their neighborhood. High property taxes in the wealthy North Shore suburb forced Black residents out of their homes.

Simmons added that the reparations fund will help families with a down payment on a home that they couldn't otherwise afford.

A meeting will be held on Dec. 11 to work out the details.

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