If Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was Pinocchio, then her nose would have grown exponentially on Sunday when she told CBS's "Face the Nation" that the "vast majority" of protests in her city are "peaceful."
There is no secret that the violence and crime in Chicago is extremely high. Just Saturday alone there were 17 officers injured, and 24 people arrested due to violent protests.
Lightfoot said, “Unfortunately, what we’ve seen in cities all across the country, not just Chicago, is a continuing wave of protests. The vast majority of these have been peaceful. But what we’ve also seen is people who have embedded themselves in these seemingly peaceful protests and have come for a fight."
"What we've seen is people who have embedded themselves in these seemingly peaceful protests and have come for a fight."
On Saturday, 17 officers were injured and 24 arrested after protests turned violent in Mayor Lightfoot's city pic.twitter.com/1Zw1mcyiHS
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) August 16, 2020
She continued, "What happened yesterday was really over very quickly because our police department has resolved to make sure we protect peaceful protests, but we’re absolutely not going to tolerate people who come to these protests looking for a fight, and are intending to injury our police officers and injury innocent people who just come to express their First Amendment rights. That is a very different thing than what than what happened yesterday. Last Sunday was absolutely a planned attack. It is not spontaneous when you bring U-Haul trucks and high-end robbery tools.”
“We’re working with our federal partners to identify exactly who the ring leaders are. We’re actively pursuing cases against others. We’re determined to make sure we get to the bottom of this and bring those responsible for this organized crime effort to justice," the mayor added.
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