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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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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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The Internet claims a 7-year-old Chicago girl was killed in a McDonald's drive-thru because her father received a PPP loan.

Jontae Adams, 28, and his daughter Jaslyn were in the drive-thru at a McDonald's fast food restaurant when she was shot on Sunday, April 18.

A McDonald's employee who asked to remain anonymous told the Chicago Sun-Times that two men got out of a gray car in the drive-thru and started shooting into Adams' car.

Jaslyn died from multiple gunshot wounds and her father was seriously injured in a shooting, according to THV11 News.

Facebook users say the thugs targeted Adams because his name appeared on a list of PPP loan recipients published by the Small Business Association.

A search of the database shows a Jontae Adams in Chicago received a $20,000 emergency pandemic loan for his small business.

After the list was published, Adams took to Facebook and joked that his opposition was probably downstairs waiting for him.

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No arrests have been made in the case. The girl's death is the latest shooting in Chicago involving children.

Riots broke out after 13-year-old Adam Toledo, a gang member whose nickname was "Lil Homicide", was killed by a police officer in a dark alley in March.

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A Chicago police union boss says a police officer who shot a 13-year-old boy around 2:30 a.m. in a dark alley last month, was "100% justified".

The shooting sparked public outcry after news outlets published a still image from a police body cam video that showed Adam Toledo raising his empty hands before he was killed.

Chicago police released edited police body cam video earlier this week. The video shows the boy tossing something and quickly raising his hands.

Officials say the teenager tossed a handgun away and then raised his hands before he was shot a split second later.

John Catanzara, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, told CNN the shooting was justified.

"In reality, an average human being could not block someone from slapping him in the face in less time than that," Catanzara said.

"It's a good reason why the officer only shot once. He would have been justified to shoot multiple times."

Police responded to a shots fired call at 2 a.m. in the Little Village neighborhood on March 29. Cops detained a 21-year-old man, Ruben Roman, who was with the boy in the alley.

Prosecutors say Roman handed the firearm to Adam, who fled the scene with the gun.

Surveillance video in the area shows a police officer in foot pursuit of the teen as he fled down an alley.

At the end of the alley, the boy stopped, tossed a small handgun behind a wooden fence, and quickly raised his hands. A split second later he was on the ground, suffering from a sucking bullet wound to the chest.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Catanzara said Adam was a young gang member. "He should have been in school. But we're not in school learning, now are we?"

"I started my dissertation with saying it is 100 percent justified," Catanzara said.

"That officer's actions were actually heroic. There's a very good reason why he only shot once. Like I said, he could have been shot multiple times but the officer assessed in a split second. Unfortunately he committed to the first shot already. Justifiably so."

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There's a new sheriff in town. Chicago's violent crime has gone unchecked for far too long. Now the Biden administration is doing something about it.

Chicago's violence has impacted victims as far south as Georgia. Gun violence and murders spiraled out of control in Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs during the lockdowns in 2020.

Frightened Chicago residents reached out to Washington for help. That help has come in the form of severe prison sentences for federal crimes such as carjackings.

A carjacker in Chicago now faces life in prison rather than the customary bail and a slap on the wrist.

The FBI's field office in Chicago tweeted on Thursday: "Federal time for a federal crime. If you carjack a vehicle in #Chicago, you could face a lifetime behind bars."

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The FBI continued:

"...but it's just a car.

In reality, it's so much more. It's a victim, it's a trauma, and sometimes it's a life.

Violent carjackings happen at gunpoint with repeat offenders pointing weapons at innocent people. Rushing to escape, carjackers cause accidents that claim more lives.

No one should have to live in fear of being carjacked. It's a big issue, and it deserves a big response. We’re partnering with law enforcement and the courts—both federally and locally—to investigate and prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law."

Chicagoans who are wary of lenient Chicago lawmakers expressed relief on Twitter.

On Twitter user wrote: "Bout f---in time."

Another wrote: "We Must take All Carjackings prosecutions Away from Kimberly Foxx. Charge these so call teenagers Federally as adults. Additionally, FBI Chicago must look into any and All connections between Kim Foxx and the Chicago gangs. Look under the hood."

And a third Twitter user wrote: "Thankfully there are honorable men and women that will do the job that @SAKimFoxx refuses to do!"

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Illinois becomes the 1st state to completely eliminate cash bail as part of a plan to "modernize" the criminal justice system.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed off on the new law, saying, "This legislation marks a substantial step toward dismantling the systemic racism that plagues our communities, our state and our nation."

House Bill 3653, which was signed into law on Monday, addresses the systemic racial bias that imprisons more Black males than any other race.

The law requires that all police officers wear body cameras by 2025, bans all police chokeholds, and sets new guidelines for "decertification" of "bad" police officers.

But critics of the bill say it is anti-police, and they predict that police officers will leave the profession in droves.

"Because we are sworn to protect and serve the public, we sincerely hope that we will not be proven right about this new law, that it won't cause police officers to leave the profession in droves and handcuff those who remain so they can't stop crimes against people and property," wrote the Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition in a statement to Fox News on Wednesday.

Illinois State Sen. John Curran, a Republican, said the legislation was "rammed through in the middle of the night".

And Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy said in a statement Monday, "Every police association in the state has condemned this bill."

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A gunman shot and killed four people in a shooting spree that stretched from Chicago to Evanston, Ill., north of the city, on Sunday.

Police say Jason Nightengale, 32, randomly shot four people before he was killed by police.

The shooting rampage began in Chicago's Hyde Park section, where Nightengale shot a 30-year-old man in the head, killing him. The gunman then drove a short distance, where he fatally shot a security guard after asking to use a phone at an apartment building in the Kenwood neighborhood.

In the same building, the gunman fired on a 77-year-old woman who was checking her mailbox. She is listed in critical condition at a hospital, Fox 32 reports.

Nightengale then took an elevator to the 19th floor of an apartment building, where he threatened a person and later stole their car. He drove to a convenience store, where he robbed it, killing a 20-year-old man and critically wounding an 81-year-old person in the process, Fox 32 reported.

After exchanging gunfire with police, Nightengale fled the area in the stolen vehicle. About 19 miles north, police received 911 calls reporting a gunman at a local pharmacy.

Nightengale fled from the pharmacy to a nearby IHOP restaurant, where he took a woman hostage and shot her. She is hospitalized in stable condition.

Officers eventually shot and killed Nightengale in the parking lot of a Dollar General store.

Nightengale's sister wrote on Facebook that he "hadn't been in his right mind for a long time," the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

"But for the brave conduct of Evanston police officers, many more people would have been injured," Chicago police Supt. David Brown told the Sun-Times.

In addition to the 5 deaths, dozens of people were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend.

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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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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.