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Democrat lawmakers are eager to put Covid-19 behind them and reopen schools and restaurants "as soon as possible."

After single-handily destroying New York City's economy by ordering restaurants and other businesses shut down for months, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo now wants to reopen his city.

"We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass," Cuomo tweeted Monday. "The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely."

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also called for reopening her city's small businesses and schools "as quickly as possible."

Lightfoot said she plans to have a conversation with Gov. JB Pritzker about rolling back Covid-19 virus restrictions quickly.

"I want to get our restaurants and bars reopened as quickly as possible," she said.

Sen. Ted Cruz's advisor Omri Ceren tweeted: "Scientists, journalists, and blue city mayors have all just discovered - more or less at once - that it's critical to get America open again. Lucky break for everyone, that convergence."

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The liberal news media, who helped drive the fear-mongering in 2020, have already removed the constant Covid-19 death counters that dominated their news broadcasts 24/7 for a year. No need for those pesky death count reminders anymore.

The next step is to report a "drop" in Covid-19 "cases" and decreased hospitalizations.

Some news outlets are already reporting a drop in new Covid-19 "cases" in Illinois in the past week. Right on schedule.

While reopening restaurants will be easy, Democrats will have a harder time convincing terrified parents to send their children back to school -- after scaring them to death for a year.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has apologized to Anjanette Young, an innocent woman who was forced to stand cuffed and naked while a dozen officers served a search warrant on her apartment.

The officers were searching for a drug suspect -- who lived next door to Young's apartment.

A police informant gave the officers Young's address instead of the suspect's.

Police body cam videos show about a dozen officers take Young's door off the hinges with a battering ram. Young, who was changing after getting home from work, was completely naked and frightened as officers stormed her apartment on Feb. 21, 2019 at 7 p.m.

"It was so traumatic to hear the thing that was hitting the door," said Young, 50, who worked as a social worker for 20 years.

"And it happened so fast, I didn't have time to put on clothes," Young exclusively told CBS 2 in Chicago.

Young filed a freedom of information request for the body cam videos, but her request was denied, as the city of Chicago fought the release of the footage.

As part of her lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department, a federal judge forced the department to hand over the police footage, CBS 2 reports.

In the video, Young can be heard telling the officers they were at the wrong address more than 40 times.

"There's nobody else here, I live alone," she told the officers. "Oh my God, this can't be right. How is this legal?
 

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has canceled Thanksgiving for the city's residents amid the rising Covid-19 positive tests.

"This is serious life and death," Lightfoot said during a press conference on Thursday, saying the city is "doing what is necessary" to slow the spread of the virus that causes no symptoms to mild flu symptoms in 99.4% of cases.

Lightfoot imposed a 30-day stay-at-home advisory for people to refrain from traveling home for the holidays, or having guests in their homes, as the Covid-19 fear mongering continues.

The advisory was issued "in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 positive tests and hospitalizations in the city."

Lightfoot said, "We are sounding the alarm that we are at this inflection point where we have to do more than we've already done."

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Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is being sued for sex assault and harassment by the same female cop he was seen kissing the night he was found slumped at the wheel of his car in a drunken stupor.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Johnson for "lying" about falling asleep behind the wheel of his car last year.

Johnson, who was promoted to superintendent in 2016, had been on the police force for 31 years. He was just weeks away from retirement when he was canned.

Before officers found Johnson slumped at the wheel, he was spotted at a bar kissing Officer Cynthia Donald.

On Thursday, Donald filed a lawsuit claiming Johnson sexually harassed her after having her reassigned to his unit.

She said he sent her nude photos, forced her to engage in sex acts and sexually harassed her at work.

Donald said Johnson told her he was attracted to her. Three months later, he pushed her onto a couch, pulled down her pants and "forcibly" performed oral sex on her. Afterward, he ejaculated on her, and said: "Now you belong to me."

Ofc. Donald claimed Mayor Lightfoot "retaliated" against her after she found out about her affair with Johnson in 2016.

During a press conference to announce Johnson's termination on Dec. 2, Lightfoot refused to release details of his relationship with Ofc. Donald, saying she wanted to protect his wife and three children.

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Johnson and his wife, Junior Officer Lt. Nakia Fenner, 43, (pictured above, 2nd from right) were married in 2017. A scowling Mayor Lightfoot is pictured at left.

Johnson is also a defendant in a lawsuit filed by disgraced actor Jussie Smollett against the city of Chicago in 2019. Smollett was sued by the City for over $390,000 for wasting the police department's time and resources investigating his lies about a hate crime.

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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, NYC and Atlanta saw a rash of shootings over the holiday weekend. At least 74 Chicago residents were shot -- 17 fatally -- in one of the bloodiest 4th of July weekends in the city's history.

More than a dozen people were shot in Atlanta, including an 8-year-old girl who was killed by Black Lives Matter activists at the burned out Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks died last month.

8-year-old Secoriea Turner was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out shell of a Wendy's restaurant in Southwest Atlanta on Saturday.

Secoreia was shot when the driver of the car she was a passenger in made a u-turn to get around barricades set up by demonstrators to block the street, WSB-TV reported.

"At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside. The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help," police said in a statement.

Secoreia was pronounced dead at the hospital. She is the third Black child to die at the hands of BLM activists. Two Black teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were killed at an occupied zone in Seattle, Washington last month. Police have no suspects.

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at Secoreia's killer on Sunday night, as angry residents called for her to resign.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."

Mayor Bottoms said there were at least 2 shooters. "I am just asking you to please honor this baby's life," Bottoms said. "If you know who did this, please turn them in. These people are a danger to all of us."

She said police will clear the occupied zone on University Avenue and protesters will be arrested if they resist.

"A the point that an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended," Bottoms said on Sunday.

But residents say her actions are too little, too late. Atlanta has seen more than 75 shootings in the past 30 days.

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On Friday, July 3, Chicago Mayor detailed her crime prevention plans to prevent a third weekend of deadly shootings in her city.

"The best way to reduce violence is to prevent it from happening," CPD Supt. David Brown said Friday. "We will be targeting criminal networks that are the pipeline to violence in this city over this 4th of July weekend."

Lightfoot agreed with Brown's decision to sweep the children off the corners. Drug dealers routinely use children to sell their narcotics. But the ACLU criticized the mayor's plan to sweep the corners, saying the plan violated the children's rights.

"If any civil liberties group has a problem with people who are killing our people over drug spots, let's have a conversation because you need to have your attitude readjusted," Lightfoot said.

She told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday that crime occurs in neighborhoods where people lose hope, lacking access to jobs, health care and education.

Lightfoot also attacked President Trump for criticizing her response to the crime spree, saying Trump shows no leadership, and has never called her to ask what he can do to help.

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43 people were wounded and 13 killed, including a 1-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl, in weekend shootings in Chicago.

One-year-old Sincere Gaston was shot near Halsted and 60th in Englewood around 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Chicago police said a 22-year-old mother was driving home from the laundromat when another car pulled alongside her vehicle and someone inside fired at least seven shots at her.

The woman was grazed by a bullet, but her infant son, who was strapped into his carseat in the back, was shot in the chest.

The frantic mom drove her mortally wounded son to St. Bernard Hospital, where Sincere was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The young mom was transferred to another hospital to treat her injury, but she was reluctant to leave her deceased child behind.

"She didn't even want to go and get her wound taken care because she didn't want to leave where her child was," Pastor Donovan Price told ABC7 News.

"I just want to sit on the curb and cry," added Pastor Price.

Police believe the young mom was targeted by the gunman.

"I don't think it was random because of the amount of times it was fired upon," said Chicago Police Chief of Operations Fred Waller.

Elsewhere in Chicago, a 10-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet in her Logan Square home.

Lina Nunez was sitting on a sofa in her family's apartment about 9:40 p.m. in the 3500 block of West Dickens Avenue when a stray bullet came through a window and struck her in the head, CBS Chicago reports.

"It's unacceptable, it's crazy, it's immoral," said Fr. Michael Pfleger, pastor at St. Sabina Parish in Chicago. "And this whole city should be outraged. We're burying our babies. We're buying our future. We're burying our hope."

The fatal shootings come after 104 people were shot and 13 killed, including a 3-year-old boy, over Father's Day weekend.

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Mekhi James was in his carseat on his way home from getting a haircut when he was shot and killed on Saturday.

A $13,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his killer.

"You can only run for so long until somebody gives us that information or gives us a call," community activist Andrew Holmes said.

"When is this going to stop?" Police Chief Waller asked. "When are we going to say enough is enough?"

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the ongoing violence on Twitter.com on Saturday.

"As a mother, I am tired of the funerals. I am tired of burying our children," Lightfoot tweeted.

"We all have a role in this fight for the safety of our communities," Lightfoot said. "I ask that anyone with information on these incidents please come forward or submit a tip anonymously at http://cpdtip.com."

The mayor also clapped back at President Trump who compared her city to "living in hell."

The president wrote a letter to Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot criticizing them for their "lack of leadership".

Lightfoot dismissed Trump's letter as a "stunt", saying, "I don't need leadership lessons from Donald Trump."
 

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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.