Mayor Lori Lightfoot got very angry when a reporter dared asked her if failing to prosecute any of the 200 rioters who were previously arrested.
I find that to be a great question.
People will commit crimes if there are no consequences for their actions. But the mayor blew up at the reporter over the question.
During the presser, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown suggested that the looters were not expecting any consequences because the Jussie Smollett non-prosecutor Kim Foxx has already dropped charges against over 200 rioters.
That caused the reporter to ask if the lack of consequences that led to the looting.
“It almost sounds as though you were saying … the reason we have this is the courts and the prosecutors were not doing their job, that they were going too easy on the looters from the last time around. Is that my understanding?”
“Don’t take it from me. Just go about what’s been done. I don’t want to do your job for you but go about what’s been done. There were no consequences for the people arrested.”
That elicited a response by failed Mayor Lori Lightfoot:
“Let’s be clear. Don’t bait us! OK? Do not bait us. Do not bait us. This is a serious situation. People are concerned about their safety. Officers are concerned about their safety. So don’t bait us. What we’re saying is, as a result of what happened last night, there have to be consequences. We’ve got teams of people that are aggressively out there identifying the people responsible, looking at the plates, and working on bringing them to justice.”
“But when we do, and we do make those arrests, our expectation is that is going to be treated with the level of seriousness that it should be, period. Don’t try to bait us, mischaracterize, pit one against the other. We’re not playing that. We’re in a serious situation here, and we need a serious response. That’s what we’re saying, period.”