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8/21/2020

Chicago Mayor: “I Have A Right To Make Sure That My Home Is Secure”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:39 am



[guest post by Dana]

This isn’t just being tone-deaf. This is a self-serving elected official essentially telling city residents that her family has more value than theirs, and they can just eat cake:

Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended the Chicago Police Department’s ban on protesters being able to demonstrate on the block where she lives, telling reporters Thursday that she and her family at times require heightened security because of threats she receives daily.

Lightfoot refused to elaborate on the specific threats, but said she receives them daily against herself, her wife and her home. Comparisons to how the Police Department has protected previous mayors’ homes, such as Rahm Emanuel’s Ravenswood residence, are unfair because “this is a different time like no other,” Lightfoot told reporters.

“I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis, on a daily basis, understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” Lightfoot said.

…“I’m not going to make any excuses for the fact that, given the threats I have personally received, given the threats to my home and my family, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure they’re protected,” Lightfoot said. “I make no apologies whatsoever for that.”

Lightfoot has been vocal in her support of protesters throughout the city but did condemn looters as they smashed windows and looted stores in tony Magnificent Mile. However, as far back as June, Chicago residents and city officials have been vocal in their complaints about a lack of protection during the protests and riots:

The arguments from Lightfoot and Brown did not appease a handful of aldermen, who argued Monday that Chicago needs 3,000 National Guardsmen — not the 375 summoned to Chicago by Gov. J.B. Pritzker — to protect neighborhoods under siege from looters.

Aldermen Anthony Beale (9th) and Ray Lopez (15th) made the request, arguing that deploying those National Guard troops to seal off the perimeter of the downtown area had left South and West side neighborhoods unprotected.

Brown countered 375 was an “adequate number.” Adding more than that could “cause more problems than solutions” and destroy the “fragile” trust that the Chicago Police Department is attempting to build with the African-American community, the superintendent said.

West Side Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus, agreed “additional resources” are needed from the National Guard to restore order to Chicago neighborhoods.

“Totally closing off the Gold Coast and downtown to access — people in our communities felt as if they were not as important as downtown and the Gold Coast. That fueled a lot of the anger and a lot of the challenges and concerns that people have,” Ervin said.

“When the decision was made, it may have made some sense. But after the fact, it seems like it fueled peoples’ anger and angst about what was going on. This is one city. Everybody deserves the same level of protection as anybody else. Some people feel protected, and others don’t feel protected.”

Pressed on whether the city had a plan to protect Chicago neighborhoods, Ervin said, “I don’t know what they had. But whatever they had, it didn’t work.”

-Dana

27 Responses to “Chicago Mayor: “I Have A Right To Make Sure That My Home Is Secure””

  1. Good morning.

    Dana (292df6)

  2. She is one arrogant blankety-blank, and that’s a fact.

    BTW, it’s Magnificent Mile. We let LA have Miracle Mile.

    nk (1d9030)

  3. She lives in the neighborhood I grew up in, and I’m not all that far from there now, to the northwest of it. For the last few days I’ve been seeing a large blue Ford pickup truck, with the outline of the State of Texas, big, on the driver’s door, and a Blue Lives Matter flag, a Trump flag, and a full-size American flag, flying from the bed, drive east past my home and then come back west an hour or so later. I wonder if he is one of the protesters at her house.

    nk (1d9030)

  4. I can’t believe this face eating leopard tried to eat my face.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  5. The appropriate response to the Mayor ought to be, “what about your constituents? Don’t they have a right to secure their home (property) too?”

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you a real life example of “Animal Farm”.

    whembly (c30c83)

  6. It works for her, whembly. Her base is basically all “San Francisco” and her fem-dom act turns them on.

    nk (1d9030)

  7. You’d think the looting of the Magnificent Mile would’ve give those “San Francisco”-ians a bit of a pause…

    If you can loot the Guccis and Tiffanies, why wouldn’t these folks homes be in danger as well??

    whembly (c30c83)

  8. Hey you voted for the shoggoth or were outvoted, now who want the nation to get a second helping.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  9. She’s still better than Trump’s Whistling Monkey Cowboy Band.

    nk (1d9030)

  10. Ill take the gay latino lizard for the bloc,

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  11. It’s been a real emmeffer to try to get white primary election candidates to do what Tom Hynes thoughtfully did 9 days before the 1987 mayoral election…quit so that Ed Vrdolyak could have a clean shot at Harold Washington.

    That’s what happened in the jungle primary which saw gentry north side black lesbian Lightfoot go up against County machine south side black weirdo Preckwinkle get to the finals- our “Staten Island” voters were spread between Bill Daley, Jerry Joyce, Paul Vallas and even Gery Chico and Susanna Mendoza.

    Also the clusterfarge that saw Patrick Conway unable to overtake Kimm Foxx this past March because 2 more old white farts split away votes from him.

    urbanleftbehind (2435f7)

  12. So kent brockman was right, welcome our ant overlords.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  13. 10, which one? Sad in and of itself, though Rey Lopez of the SW side is the respectable crime-concerned one, whilst the inner NW side bloc of La-tinx come off as Hamilton audition rejects.

    urbanleftbehind (2435f7)

  14. I guess that guy, its a saving sheriff chipdillard was sent packing down in broward.

    The point about loomer was no one was challenging the notion this strange days spec script is not normal

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  15. NW side bloc of La-tinx come off as Hamilton audition rejects.
    urbanleftbehind (2435f7) — 8/21/2020 @ 8:54 am

    Please, please, please, urbanleftbehind. Do not employ “La-tinx,” or any other variant. This novel term was created for the sole purpose of including my people in the mind games played by those who would further confuse people about gender identity. Even mocking the idea legitimizes its use. We Latinos and Latinas are just that, men and women, not androgynous beings. Introducing a term that seeks to control the minds of anyone concerning that truth is highly offensive to me. Is this too much to ask of you?

    Again, I ask you, please do not adopt this term.

    felipe (023cc9)

  16. Those that I refer to in my post do not deserve that courtesy, felipe… though “Lat-twink” may be very appropriate.

    urbanleftbehind (2435f7)

  17. Just eat cake!?!? Tell it to the children of Chicago who’ve been told to ESAD.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  18. 4… now THAT is funny. See? You can be intentionally amusing!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  19. I think it’s more lbatoe

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  20. Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended the Chicago Police Department’s ban on protesters being able to demonstrate on the block where she lives, telling reporters Thursday that she and her family at times require heightened security because of threats she receives daily.

    She needs a Biden Bunker. But then, ‘No miracle is coming.’

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  21. yes chris rock, made a similar point, then he resorted to the same stock diatribes about the tea party,

    bolivar de gris (7404b5)

  22. Tell me again about “BridgeGate”

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  23. Lightfoot is just getting a head start on the four years of hypocrisy ahead of us.

    beer ‘n pretzels (c58e3b)

  24. Lightfoot is just getting a head start on the four years of hypocrisy ahead of us.

    beer ‘n pretzels (c58e3b) — 8/21/2020 @ 12:51 pm

    She’s terrible and has shown herself completely unable to maintain order while protecting people’s legitimate right to protest.

    Time123 (dba73f)

  25. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

    Horatio (7c4bad)

  26. contact the mayor of minnegooshoo

    mg (8cbc69)


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