Chicago Mayor Claims Police Were Told Not To Intercede In Shootings

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot claimed she had been told the FOP wanted officers to sit back during Memorial Day weekend.

Chicago, IL – Newly-elected Mayor Lori Lightfoot blamed the violent and bloody Memorial Day weekend in Chicago on her struggle to negotiate a new contract with the officers of the Chicago Police Department and said police have a problem with “entitlement.”

“We’ll ultimately come to a contract because we have to, right?” Lightfoot said in an interview with CAN-TV on May 30.

“But the notion that the FOP is going to live in this fantasy world where they’re absolutely adamantly against anything that looks like reform, even when it’s in the best interest of their members. That’s not going to be a reality that’s going to exist at least as long as I’m mayor of the city,” she said.

“I’d love for them to partner with us – I think there’s a lot of things that we actually could agree on… but there’s not going to be a lot of space in that if the [response] constantly is no, no, no and an attitude of entitlement,” the mayor continued.

“They’re entitled to do their job. To serve and protect. To live out the oath that they’ve sworn. Everything else beyond that, we’ll deal with at the bargaining table," she added.

“But you know, there were rumors floating around about — and I didn’t verify this — but rumors floating around that they were telling their officers, ‘Don’t do anything. Over Memorial Day weekend, don’t intercede,’” Lightfoot claimed. “‘If you see some criminal activity, just lay back, do nothing.’ I hope to God that wasn’t true because, man oh man, if that happened there’s going to be a reckoning.”

When the mayor was asked if she really believe Chicago cops sat back and did nothing during the holiday weekend, Lightfoot hedged her response and then mischaracterized an incident that occurred several years ago as support for her assertion.

“Well, it happened two years ago – almost three years ago – leading into Labor Day in 2016 when we had this catastrophic level of violence, the then-[union] administration — which, there are some carryovers from that — put out a memo telling officers that they should not show up for work, that they shouldn’t do their job, that they shouldn’t be the police,” she said.

A fact check showed that Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) never told officers to skip their regularly-scheduled work shifts protecting and serving the city.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the FOP called for officers to boycott overtime requests for Labor Day weekend of 2016, not to miss work.

"In order to show unity and to protest the continued disrespect of Chicago Police Officers and the killings of Law Enforcement Officers across our Country, we are requesting FOP Members to refrain from volunteering to work ... for the entire Labor Day Weekend," read the FOP memo to which Lightfoot incorrectly referred.

The FOP urged officers to spend time with their families instead of volunteering to work extra shifts, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Lightfoot was unable to offer any concrete information to back up her claim that officers were told to blow off work over the most recent Memorial Day weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The fact that the amount of violence in the city did not increase dramatically over recent years despite the chronic violence in the city showed that it was unlikely the FOP tried to keep officers from actively patrolling the streets.

Lightfoot’s office would not confirm whether the mayor had been able to confirm the rumors she’d heard about the FOP telling officers not to intercede when they saw crime on the streets, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“All we can say about this is that the mayor heard it from someone who’s in a position to know, and she heard it from a law enforcement source,” Lightfoot’s spokeswoman, Anel Ruiz, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

FOP President Kevin Graham said he had no idea what Lightfoot was talking about.

“That’s ridiculous,” Graham said. “I am unaware of anyone telling anyone not to do their job.”

Chicago Alderman Chris Taliaferro, chairman of the City Council Committee on Public Safety, told the Chicago Sun-Times he hadn’t heard any of the rumors to which Lightfoot referred, nor had the 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department been able to verify those allegations.

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sturnman22
sturnman22

New Mayor talking out of her ass. Another POS without a clue - just what Chicago did not need. She should hire Jussie as her Chief of Staff to help quell the violence in the Black community.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

So goes the liberal way of "facts" - spread a rumor or lie long enough and loud enough so that the idiots will start believing it.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Pretty difficult to prove any officer ignored criminal activity. Although, I wouldn't blame any officer for doing so. You know that they are unfairly scrutinized every time they do engage, especially with the common denominator community.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Pot calling kettle black? No wait, I mean.........never mind🙄

Hcindians
Hcindians

Send Jessie in to mediate the Shootings. He can do it. Get a grip Mayor, you are the Mayor of a Crimefest without Law Enforcement present. Its a shooting Gallery and the boys in Blue are not doing the Shooting.

JBo
JBo

I hate to say I told you so but in the article where the mayor hired her own bodyguards, I made the comment that she was getting ready to throw the police department under the bus, and stupid comments like she made below help no one. Pure politics.

“But you know, there were rumors floating around about — and I didn’t verify this — but rumors floating around..."

You didn't verify it so let's discuss this rumor.

ChiefC
ChiefC

I spent almost 40 years in Law Enforcement, 10 as a Chief. I could never imagine myself telling officers not to do anything. Until now. Left wing liberal progressive socialist America hating democrat controlled cities like Chicago and Baltimore are not only failing to support their police officers, but looking for any excuse to indict them if their actions are not “POLITICALLY CORRECT”. I would not fault any police officer who started thinking about him/herself before taking action in these type of cities.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Leave the "community" to sort it out themselves......they will do themselves in. Who in their right mind thinks the "community" can become civilized citizens who give a rats backside about where they live much less turn in those out to destroy it.

bill fuse
bill fuse

13 per centers - doing the majority of the crimes. I think I ‘hear a rumor’ that for July 4 week....that the LEO’s are feeling a little Blue Out illness coming on.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I wouldn’t do shit in that city either, I would hate to shoot some black guy and get the wrath that comes with it, fuck that piece of shit mayor!! Stand down CPD, handle your calls and nothing else. No proactive policing, drink your coffee and stay safe, both physically, financially and criminally. I hate to say it but don’t do a god damn thing!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

This new Mayor is off to a fabulous start isn't she?

TWalters
TWalters

Trying to demonize the police as the bad guys for negotiating the contract. Evil and as transparent as Jussie Smollett being the victim of a hate crime in her great city.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

She goes off on a rant over some rumr she has heard. In case she doesn't know you can't run a city based on rumors. Call the Police union officers in and ask them. Don't publish this rubbish. Investigate it! We all know if she had any real information there would be a big investigation. She is just trying to knock the cops down to avoid having to ante-up more money in their negotiations. What a corrupt crap-hole!!!

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

The mayor got off to a bad start with the PD when she hired private security to provide her protection instead of having the PD do it as they always have. Lying about what the FOP said (or rather didn't say) isn't going to help her relationship with them. Then saying that "there are a lot of things we can work on together" is nothing less than farcical.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

It's easier to get the boat moving if everyone is rowing in the same direction. I'm guessing the new Mayor was never taught that!?!?!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

So we have a newly elected mayor spreading an unconfirmed rumor from an unnamed source ("who’s in a position to know"), that the police didn't intervene any non-members of the police shot others. So all the violence on memorial day is not the fault the the citizens, or her corrupt administration, but the cops.

After she wastes taxpayer money on her private security force, instead of CPD officers, I don't think it's any surprise that she is going to blame the CPD for everything that goes wrong in the city, regardless of if her claims are truthful or backed up by any evidence at all. I heard that her entitled attitude were making things worse for the people of Chicago.... and I heard that from a person who was in a position to know.....

OldVet
OldVet

None of your policies or liberal ideas have lead to these problems. Yeah, right. Now spread false facts from unknown sources in Obamaville.

LynnSB
LynnSB

This "THING" makes my skin crawl every time - she \ it makes statements

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

"All we can say about this is that the mayor heard it from someone who's in a position to know, and she heard it from a law enforcement source" who would that be?? Kim Foxx?? We all know what a pillar of truth she is. SMH

logdiva
logdiva

Congratulations on further dividing your city. I'm sure it'll work itself out.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Crime in Chicago is so bad that someone even stole her eyebrows.

PSC 1060
PSC 1060

Total asshat!

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Please correct me if I'm wrong but has anyone seen the shuck and jive/justice brothers chime in on this particular story? I guess black on black shootings don't cut it with them. 🤔

bravoralf
bravoralf

I think this mayor has sunk the city of Chicago to an old low of corruption not seen since the days of Capone. This mayor and others like her could possibly push this country into another civil war.