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A police dispatcher publicly criticized Mayor Lori Lightfoot for turning Chicago, Illinois into a "death zone."

Crime is at a 25-year high in the Windy City, and droves of Chicago residents have fled Chicago for destinations down south. Even petty criminals and gang bangers are leaving in fear of their lives.

This past weekend was the bloodiest Christmas weekend in the city's history. Three people were shot dead and 22 seriously wounded. There have been 793 murders recorded in the city so far.

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Meanwhile, Lightfoot and her domestic partner tweeted a "Kwanzaa" message that didn't go over well.

Police dispatcher Keith Thornton posted a video calling Lightfoot a narcissist for not supporting police.

Thornton said police are short-staffed because of Lightfoot's Covid-19 restrictions that response times are dangerously high.

He said that it took over 10 minutes for police to respond to a shooting.

He said "several of my officers have texted me that they were scared ... They have no backing and they're scared of being out there by themselves, working in the 16th District."

"I'm hot about it because this mayor does not care about Chicago police officers, period. She doesn't care about any first responders. She does not care about the d*** city. It doesn't matter if you're white, black, Asian, Hispanic, other, straight, gay, Democrat, or Republican. She don't even care about her city workers. All that lady cares about is her f***ing self."

Thornton added:

"And I pray you're watching this because you're a disgrace and I'm tired of it. And your city is tired of it. Matter of fact, it's not your city. The city of Chicago is tired of it.

"And I know you don't like me, and that's OK, because I love you, but I'm tired of you because you're an absolute disgrace to everyone within the city."

&nbs;

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Defund the police Democrats -- a congresswoman and a state senator -- were carjacked in separate incidents on Wednesday.

Two boys, ages 13 and 16, a 14-year-old girl, and a 19-year-old man are in custody after the brazen carjacking of Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.) around 2:45 p.m. in FDR Park in South Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon.

The congresswoman had been attending a meeting when she was approached by two armed men who demanded her car keys.

Scanlon surrendered the keys to her blue 2017 Acura MDX, and one of the suspects drove off with her car. The second carjacker followed the first suspect in a separate vehicle, Philadelphia police said.

Police found Scanlon's Acura parked at a shopping center in Newark, Delaware, and arrested five teenagers inside the vehicle around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Delaware State Police said.

A 19-year-old man is expected to face carjacking charges in the incident.

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In a separate case, Illinois Senate majority leader Kimberly A. Lightford and her husband were carjacked around 9 p.m. Tuesday night in Broadview, on the outskirts of Chicago.

Lightford says she and her husband were dropping off a friend when three masked men approached them with guns and demanded their Mercedes SUV.

"I begged them not to shoot us, not to shoot my husband, or me," Lightford said.

"I told them to take whatever they want. They took everything off me that I had of value ... After we got the guns off of us, they separated me and husband... My husband told me to run. I ran, reluctantly, because I didn't want to leave him there."

Shots were fired, and Lightford said her husband, who is a conceal and carry holder, also discharged his gun. The carjackers escaped in the Mercedes SUV. No one was harmed.

Police were able to recover the SUV — which was a loaner from a dealership while the state senator's car is in the shop. The suspects are still at large.

Lightford said she is still shaken by the incident.

"I'm doing much better today," she said on Thursday. "I didn't realize what a traumatic event could do in an adult."

It isn't clear if Scanlon and Lightford are still in favor of defunding the police.

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A Chicago woman was attacked after she leaked video of the moment O-Block ARoy was shot and killed by a man he assaulted.

The Facebook Live video, filmed from an apartment window in O-Block, shows a man cowering on the ground as ARoy punched him repeatedly. When ARoy walked away, the man stood up, drew a weapon and shot the OG gangster multiple times before fleeing on foot. ARoy, real name James Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene.
 

The video of his murder went viral on Monday. A second video showed an angry crowd attacking the woman who leaked the video.
 

O-Block, also known as Parkway Gardens, is an infamous housing project on the 6400 block of South King Drive in Chicago. It was named after Gangster Disciples member Odee Perry, 20, who was shot and killed by Tooka gang member Gakirah "K.I." Barnes when she was only 13.

Parkway Gardens was once home to numerous drill rappers, including Chief Keef and King Von (deceased).

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Chicago has installed "bleeding control kits" around the city amid new statistics that show 602 people have been murdered so far in 2021.

There have been 2,688 shootings so far in the city of Chicago, which is an increase of 55% from 2019.

The bleeding control kits are being installed as part of the "Safe Chicago" program that leaders hope will save lives in areas of the Black community that are under served by police and emergency responders.

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Each $500 kit contains enough supplies to treat eight victims, with tourniquets, gauze, shears, gloves and an instruction manual.

Some residents complain that gunshot victims have died as a result of the delay in getting emergency responders on the scene.

The defund the police movement resulted in a decrease of police officers and emergency medical personnel in Black communities.

The Safe Chicago program is in partnership with the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department and the city's Assets and Information Services.

426 kits are installed in 269 buildings around the city, according to Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

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A Chicago man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in hammer attacks on two women in 2014 was arrested Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of a bank teller.

The suspect walked into a Chase Bank in the River North neighborhood and stabbed bank teller Jessica Vilaythong, 24, as she spoke with customers.

Witnesses say the man entered the building and spoke briefly with Vilaythong before stabbing her in the neck with "a pretty big knife" on Wednesday.

After the stabbing, the man ran outside and screamed at pedestrians while waving the bloody knife.

Police apprehended the suspect near the bank hours later.

Vilaythong was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Thursday, Dailymail.com reports.

The Chase Bank branch in River North remained closed after the incident.

Chicago police declined to identify the suspect and told NBC5 the investigation is ongoing.

The suspect was previously arrested in 2014 and charged with attacking two 55-year-old women with a hammer as they walked on the lakefront path near Navy Pier.

Both women survived their injuries. However, the suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity and transferred to a mental health center in 2017.
 

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The mother of two men charged with killing a Chicago cop and wounding her partner was arrested after she made an impassioned plea for her sons in a viral video.

Mothers everywhere sympathize with 41-year-old Evalena Flores, who was arrested during a confrontation with Chicago police at Christ Medical Center where she demanded to see her son, Emonte Morgan.

21-year-old Emonte Morgan was shot multiple times during a scuffle with Chicago Officer Carlos Yanez during a traffic stop at S. 63rd and Bell Streets on the city's West Side.

Officer Yanez was also shot multiple times and is in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Officer Ella French was shot in the face when she rushed to assist her partner. French, 29, was later pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Emonte and his brother Eric Morgan, 22, were taken into custody on Saturday night. A female passenger later turned herself in and was not charged. She is cooperating with police.
 
ALSO READ: Two brothers charged in murder of Chicago officer Ella French
 
In a live-stream video filmed in her car outside Christ Medical Center, Flores explained the mindset her sons were in when they killed Officer French and wounded her partner.

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Flores said Chicago residents fear the police. "My boys are not monsters at all... there is another side," she said.

"I don't believe a damn thing CPD says. And I can guarantee you this, my boys was afraid, I'm afraid... Adults are afraid of the CPD... I'm not a criminal... but, if a cop get behind me, my heart drops."

At the conclusion of the livestream, Flores said:

"We fear our police here, we fear them... I need to be a voice for my boys. And that's all I gotta say. Let me get in this hospital to see my damn son!"

Police say that an officer was guarding the room where Emonte is being treated after being shot multiple times during Saturday's incident.

Flores allegedly entered the area via a security door, "causing a disturbance," according to a report provided by a police source to NBC 5.

"As Flores attempted to push her way past the Officer's [sic] she kicked a Christ Hospital Public Safety Officer in the groin. Flores continued to resist efforts to take her into custody while demanding to her son."

The YouTuber who uploaded Flores's video captioned it:

"Once again, a black woman embarrasses the world and fails to accept responsibility or reprimand her criminal offspring."

 

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Two Chicago police officers were shot while conducting a traffic stop Saturday night in the Southwest Side's West Englewood neighborhood.

One officer was killed, another was critically wounded when they pulled over a car with three people inside at S. Bell and 63rd Streets.

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The officer who died has been identified as 29-year-old Ella French, a three year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

The wounded officer, Carlos Yanez, is listed in stable but serious condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Both officers returned fire, hitting one of the suspects in the car. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where his condition is unknown.

He and another male suspect are in police custody. A female suspect was captured Sunday morning, the police commander announced at a press conference.

Over 100 CPD officers did not respond to 911 calls for two hours on Saturday night. They assembled outside the University of Chicago Medical Center, where the female officer was pronounced dead.

Dozens of patrol units with lights flashing lined the streets around the hospital.

French was the first CPD officer to die in the line of duty since Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago in 2019.

Her body was escorted to the morgue by somber bagpipes as per tradition when a CPD officer dies in the line of duty.

In chilling police dispatch audio, Yanez was able to give a description of the shooter as a Black male wearing all black.

Both officers were members of the CPD's Community Safety Team, created last year to help improve community relations in the South and West Sides.

The team was started with 450 officers. 200 more were added this year.

Update: Ella French's brother, Andrew, told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview that his sister was not married and did not have any children.
 

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A Chicago Police Dept. report confirms late rapper King Von gunned down notorious teenage gangster Gakirah "K.I" Barnes.

King Von, born Dayvon Bennett, was shot and killed outside a lounge in downtown Atlanta on November 6, 2020.

Barnes, 17, reportedly killed more than a dozen people by the time she died in 2014. She allegedly angered King Von by rejecting his advances directly and on social media.

On April 11, 2014, Barnes responded to Von's messages on Twitter.com. She told him her location and said she was heading to a friend's house in Woodlawn.

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At 3:30 p.m., Barnes was walking with friends when she was shot multiple times on the 6400 block of South Eberhart Avenue. She suffered fatal gunshot wounds to the chest, jaw and neck, according to NBC Chicago.

According to the police report:

"An unknown M/1 wearing a Grey Hoodie and Blue jeans approached the victims. The unknown offender then produced a handgun and began firing in the direction of the victims, striking all three. The unknown offender then was observed entering an unknown vehicle making good his escape... The investigation revealed that the victim was killed by Dayvon BENNETT.... Bennett was positively identified as the offender in the incident."

However, police did not have enough evidence to charge the aspiring rapper in 2014. He was later charged in an unrelated murder and served time in prison.

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Londre Sylvester's killers were waiting for him when he walked out of the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday.

The aspiring rapper, known as KTS Dre, was fatally shot by multiple gunmen who followed him as he walked to his car, NBC Chicago reported.

The coroner counted at least 64 bullet wounds to the 31-year-old rapper's head, torso, arms and legs.

His brazen murder outside the jail made headlines globally.

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Sylvester is the latest rapper to lose his life to gang violence in Chicago. He was one of 40 people shot in Chicago over the weekend.

A 60-year-old woman who was walking with him at the time was shot in the knee. She is reportedly listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital. A 30-year-old female bystander was grazed in her mouth, and is also listed in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, per Fox 32 News.

Sylvester was out on bail on charges related to his April 2020 arrest for being a felon in possession of a weapon and resisting police. He was fitted with an ankle monitor prior to being released.

He was killed days after West Coast rapper Indian Red Boy, born Dijon Rivera, was fatally shot as he sat in his car behind a Hawthorne, Los Angeles apartment complex.

He was shot 12 times and his murder was captured on Instagram Live.

Rumors suggest Rivera was killed in retaliation for vandalizing a mural of the late West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle.

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The homeless suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Maryland graduate student is being held without bond.

Anat Kimchi, a 31-year-old doctoral candidate, was stabbed by Tony Robinson in the Loop over the weekend.

Kimchi was known for attempting to prove the justice system was "racist" against Blacks.

She was walking in the 400 block of South Wacker Drive about 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, when a man approached and stabbed her in the back, police say.

Kimchi was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Saturday.

Robinso, 41, was taken into custody Thursday, June 24, Chicago police announced.

Police said Robinson is believed to be the same individual who struck two women with rocks on June 10 and June 13. Both women were treated for head lacerations.

Kimchi wrote a paper published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology in 2019 attempting to prove the justice system in America was racist against "young black offenders" and black drug offenders."

The Israeli-born grad student was working on her doctoral degree in criminology and criminal justice. Her family said she was in Chicago visiting friends when she was killed.