Mayor Blames Police For 'Losing The Streets' Of Chicago To Violence

The new Chicago mayor realized that "Accountability Monday" and flooding the streets with cops hasn't solved problems.

Chicago, IL – Despite “flooding the zone” with extra officers since Memorial Day and holding “Accountability Monday” meetings for police officials, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she “feels like we’re losing the streets” after another violent weekend left nine people dead and 32 wounded.

Lightfoot talked to reporters about the ongoing problems with violence in Chicago from a leadership conference in New York City on Tuesday, WFLD reported.

There has been much speculation that the new mayor is gunning for Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson but she has refused to address the possibility of replacing him.

“I do continue to have faith in Superintendent Johnson,” Lightfoot told reporters. “But it’s no secret that I’m pushing him and his leadership team to do better.”

“You have to look at the long-term trends and one weekend does not a trend make,” she continued. “But, we’ve now had a couple of weekends since I became mayor where it feels like we’re losing the streets. And it’s an issue that I push them on and have concerns about.”

Lightfoot said that she and her aides “were asking the hard questions and we’re not resting with superficial answers,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“We want to know, not only what the problem is. The problem is quite obvious. But what we’re also pushing people to look at is, what are the solutions? What are you doing to adapt to the changing circumstances on the street?” the mayor asked.

Despite her efforts to make sweeping improvements by “flooding the zone” with more than 1,200 extra officers on holiday weekends and packing the city with special events for people to attend rather than shooting at each other, the statistics for 2019 have been pretty much in line with past summers and previous holiday weekends, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Lightfoot’s results thus far have led her to the conclusion that poverty and disinvestment had brought the city down to its current state.

“What we’re seeing is the manifestation of a lot of disinvestment, a lot of poverty and a lot of poverty of soul — not just material wealth,” the mayor said.

“When we have calls for Streets and [Sanitation] to take off graffiti as quickly as possible, or else there may be [more violence] because somebody will respond in retaliation to graffiti, it tells you the desperate circumstances that we are in as a community and how we need to be much more holistic in thinking about how we reach these mostly young men and young men of color,” she added.

The mayor said that she would be linking the issues, not just the law enforcement response to the crimes, which had led to the current state of communities like Austin, North Lawndale, Englewood, and Roseland, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Lightfoot was expected to replace the police superintendent shortly after she took office because he was installed by former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an end-around that cut out the three candidates recommended by the Police Board, of which she was president at the time.

The mayor has come down hard on police officials since taking office despite her assertions that she doesn’t blame all the violence and crime on them.

In addition to holding “Accountability Monday” meetings, she has also ordered all non-union police officials to cancel vacations and plan to be in the city working all summer.

Lightfoot walked the streets with Superintendent Johnson and a cadre of officers over the violent Memorial Day weekend.

At the time, she said her reality check had been the number of crime alerts that hit her mailbox.

“I now get an alert every time there’s a shooting and I look at these things and I just think, ‘Dear God,’” the mayor said at the time. “This isn’t news to me. I know shootings happen. I know they’re happening at a volume that is unacceptable but when you see my inbox, I go away for half an hour and I come back and it’s just flooded with emails. We have to start talking about not accepting this behavior as something that is just business as usual.”

Comments (49)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

I think it boils down to incarcerating the people who are caught committing these crimes or exterminate them so they don't reoffend.

JBo
JBo

“We want to know, not only what the problem is."

Then ask a beat cop.

twostickmack
twostickmack

untie the polices hands and arm all the law abiding citizens.choot all these thugs.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

"Lightfoot’s results thus far have led her to the conclusion that poverty and disinvestment had brought the city down to its current state."

OOOORRRR it's the poor democratic leadership that has plauged Chicago for decades, the failure of parents to raise their children to respect law an order, the culture that has allowed gang culture to flourish, the culture that has encourage people to join gangs instead of earn an honest days work..... Oh, and the attitude that it's never the criminals fault that they committed the crime, it's always the fault for someone else, so the culture of personal responsibility doesn't exist in much of Chicago

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

The problem is her constituents, her citizens who are blameless for shooting and attempting to kill each other. If the officers do their jobs, they're criticized. If they don't do their jobs well enough, they're criticized. Yet, her citizens don't have a sense of right or wrong. She said it's because of poverty/disinvestment. Get off your backside, get a job. That will keep them busy. How much more money needs to be thrown at them through programs that do absolutely nothing to help anyone except line the pockets of those who supposedly have start up's that ARENT WORKING. Blame yourself Mayor for not calling it as it is and calling out people for what they're doing. It's always something else's fault isn't it?

spd522
spd522

Typical ghetto response to a problem. Blame police because blacks can't control their own criminal behavior.

bill fuse
bill fuse

Ahhh, so where’s Oboomer, Kamala, uncle Al, Rev Jesse, Jet and Ebony mags, KaperWho... calling out their 13% (100% when you’re committing a crime)... investing their millions that they have race baited from businesses...into these folks. Please show up in your Hood, to for sure show us, that Black Lives DO Matter?!?!!

shooter
shooter

"Dat flakka be some baaaad sh*t" right Mayor?

After all, you appear to be on it.

Only that would explain your bizarre behavior.

Thank You Blue
Thank You Blue

The North American Pavement Ape is very violent when allowed to roam free in rural or urban areas. We need armed zookeepers and animal control and not more police officers.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

God forbid she blame the black community, who treat cops as the enemy.

Thank You Blue
Thank You Blue

I live in Chicago and I know a few officers and what these men and women have to deal with on a daily basis in incomprehensible. These officers are superheroes to me. The Avengers don't have shit on these guys and gals. Thank you from the bottom of my heart !

Musical1
Musical1

Poverty of soul???? More like poverty of morals and values and poverty of fatherlessness in your constituency. If you would support your police and not tie both arms behind their backs and cripple one of their legs, they just might be able to do their jobs. BlackLiesMatter!!! No BlueLivesMatter!!!!! Hell Yes!!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Liberal politicians is the problem you dumb ass!

Halfdime
Halfdime

Naturally, it could never be the Far Left Liberal agenda and corruption that caused that. Where Chicago went wrong was voting for Democrats over the last 40+ years. We all know that the only thing Democrats can do is run plantations filled with slaves, they've screwed up everything else. Take that "It Takes A Village" mentality where others are expected to raise your children--those others tend to be the gangs that run drugs on your streets. Chicago needs a hard-hitting gang unit and armed citizens and it needs to get prosecutors and judges that believe in locking up criminals instead of police officers. If I were a CPD Officer I'd be going elsewhere to work, leaving that cesspool to the Left like they are doing in Seattle WA where they lost 30 more officers than they hired last year and not all retired, many just resigned. I was stationed with a CPD officer doing his 2 years active duty in the Republic of Viet Nam in 1970. He told me that the CPD was a good place to work, I don't hear that today.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Wow, how about hold people accountable for their actions. Or maybe it’s a reflection of bad leadership? So get a new leader, a new mayor.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I hate the phrase "people of color". We're all colored, some are just darker than others.

stooge819
stooge819

"The problem is quite obvious." Be nice if the reporter quoting her followed up with: "And what IS the problem?"

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Disinvestment. Well, it doesn’t take a PhD in economics to realize that if you tax the shit out of people and business have exorbitant costs and excessive regulation, they go somewhere friendly like Texas it Florida.

JimInNH
JimInNH

Two parents who care. That’s all you need to end gangs. Literally that is all you need.

Wildcard343
Wildcard343

Of course a Black mayor is going to say that she doesn't want to put the blame where it supposed to be you can't help a community that doesn't want to help themselves

Cartgal
Cartgal

Because you certainly can't blame the …..criminals.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Yes, notice how Black politicians never see the crime caused by Black citizens and that they themselves are at the root of the problem . It is every other reason than themselves ...........Sometime you can't see the forest for the trees so to speak.

TheHammer
TheHammer

I think they need to start cracking heads and raiding known gang locations. Tough policing. Fuck the liberal progressive bullshit

The express
The express

Two weeks ago you arrested 87 people on gun charges. Within 5 hours 51 of them were back out on the street. There's a problem with your court system not with the police.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Politicians are what is losing the battle. The mayor and the useless DA are totally without a clue...

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

A carpet muncher invoking the name of God? Get real Miss Mayor! Lol! Let me quote you if I may;

“We want to know, not only what the problem is. The problem is quite obvious. But what we’re also pushing people to look at is, what are the solutions? What are you doing to adapt to the changing circumstances on the street?” the mayor asked.

The problem is you won't allow Constitutional carry of firearms in your state by people that should be authorized to carry them. That's not only your problem but your solution as well.

Many of the citizenries are highly trained with not only using their weapons but have had extensive scenario training as well. You just need to rethink that cowboy image that people get when they think of a citizen coming to the aid of a law enforcement official or handling a situation until proper law enforcement can arrive. It would drastically cut your response time as well.

CBHorr
CBHorr

If DA, Prosecutors refuse to prosecute CRIMINAL KILLERS cause they are black/hispanic, and it's not popular w/ higher ups/ "community" leaders, THIS IS WHY CRIME PERSISTS!!! Until criminals are executed, there will be high crime pockets on our streets and in prison. Time to rid those not deserving of life from earth.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Unfortunately, She is about 90-100 years too late to stop the lawlessness in Chicago. (Remember Al Capone and all the other gangsters of the 1920's?)

FriendoftheBlue
FriendoftheBlue

Uh, hello? It's the LIBERAL JUDGES that are APPOINTED BY LIBERAL DEMOCRATS that are letting the thugs back onto the streets of Chicago after the cops arrest them! It isn't the fault of the cops! Get it straight

CivilianMark
CivilianMark

Some more Black Lives Matter marches and speeches by community leaders will fix it.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

That puke should take a walk with Jussie Smollett...

jimmer1
jimmer1

As like in Portland, Oregon. When you tie the hands of the police officers, as that bonehead liberal Mayor Ted Wheeler has, you end up with a city that has run a muck. Get rid of the libs running these cities and let the pilice officer do their job.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Funny as she is the MAYOR -- So SHE is Responsible !!!! What a POS to blame the officers

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

I think a black culture with no father's that glorifies violence and black thugs with no moral compass who are armed with stolen guns....that is what is responsible. If Chicago was all white, based on current stats, murder would drop by 93 percent.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

The problem speaks volume of the mayor's incompetence, her sour relationship with the cops, the stifling condition in which the cops have to operate, and dire situation on the streets.

Answer: Get rid of all those progressive, ideology driven leftists out of the city government and let people like Trump handle the situation. Remember how Obama used to say that ISIS cannot be destroyed in few short years? Well, it took Trump 1 year to obliterate their caliphate.

alang424
alang424

Mayor Lightfoot, the answer is right in front of your face but, because of climate of our politics today you refuse to do what's necessary to stop the blood shed. As some others have suggested, and or stated. The answer isn't about shooting them all, lock em up and throw away the key. The plain simple truth is, you CANNOT mix "social justice" with "criminal justice". It is that plain and simple. Use the laws that are already on the books, and commence to stopping blood shed. Lets just hope Preckwinkle, Evens, Foxx, and Dart do their part.