A shocking video has surfaced from the three nights of mayhem Chicago experienced over the weekend. The ‘Teen Takeover’ riots overwhelmed downtown Chicago but Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson tried to downplay them.
After the video surfaced, you can see it below, it will be much harder to do that. The Chicago Police Department said: “The Chicago Police Department’s top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our residents and visitors, including our city’s youth.
“The reckless, disruptive and violent behavior that was seen downtown this past weekend will not be tolerated. We encourage our young people to be safe and responsible as they enjoy their weekends, but anyone engaged in criminal activity will be arrested and held accountable.
“We actively and continuously review open source social media and additional resources will be available to protect those who are visiting, living or working in the areas of large gatherings.
“Resources include an increased police and command staff presence at these gatherings citywide. Our Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSCs) will also be monitoring all activity and police
“Additional security measures such as bag checks at beach entry points and the curfew for minors at Millennium Park will also be in place. CPD is also working closely with youth and outreach workers for when these gatherings occur.
“We strongly encourage parents to accompany their teens or have them remain under the supervision of a responsible adult.
“We will continue working alongside our community organizations and leaders to provide safe spaces and alternatives for our youth across the city.”
Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson said: “In no way do I condone the destructive activity we saw in the Loop and lakefront this weekend. It is unacceptable and has no place in our city.
“However, it is not constructive to demonize youth who have otherwise been starved of opportunities in their own communities.”
Failed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said: “I’m not going to use your language, which I think is wrong, to say it was ‘mayhem.’
“The vast majority of the young people who came downtown came downtown because it was great weather and an opportunity to enjoy the city.
“That’s absolutely and entirely it. There are a few that came with different intentions. They have and they will be dealt with.
South Side Alderperson Pat Dowell said: “The mayhem happening downtown and at the 31st St. Beach is appalling.
“No other community abdicates parental responsibility for their children.
“None. Until parents collectively take back control of their homes – nothing will change.”