Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago has been making the case that crime is down in Chicago. During the Fourth of July weekend, they had 92 people shot, 16 fatally and there were six children among the wounded.
But, not to worry…
That is where her second lie comes into play, “It’s Trump’s fault.” Forget the fact that he had offered her help but she turned him down to keep him from getting any credit for reducing crime.
Lightfoot said about Chicago’s crime surge during her Friday evening briefing:
“It is incredibly gratifying to have a partner in the White House who understands the appropriate and unique role that the federal government has to play in public safety at the local level; for four years we were ignored, over and over again. I started raising these issues from the moment I became mayor. We needed more help from our federal partners.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reported:
In the deadliest and most violent weekend this year in Chicago, 92 people have been shot over the long Fourth of July weekend, 16 of them killed.
Among the 76 wounded were six children and teenagers and two Chicago police supervisors. Five of the kids were shot within nine hours Sunday evening through early Monday.
Both the number of fatal shootings and the number of shootings overall are highs for 2021, according to a Chicago Sun-Times database of shootings. By 5 p.m. Monday, Chicago had recorded 2,000 shootings this year, the Sun-Times’ database shows.
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In one of the holiday weekend incidents, two people were killed and four wounded, including a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy early Monday in Washington Park on the South Side.
That happened around the same time that a 6-year-old girl and a woman were shot in West Pullman and about four hours after an 11-year-old boy and a man were shot in Brainerd on the South Side. And late Sunday afternoon, a 5-year-old girl was shot in a leg, also in West Pullman.
Activists have been calling for the defunding of the police in Chicago even as the crime rate surges. And Lightfoot has not done herself proud. She can’t find enough police officers to put on the streets but she was able to find plenty to guard her private home. She needs a new set of priorities.