America’s third most populous city tragically lost a veteran law enforcement officer after its Democratic leader turned away the Trump administration’s federal agents.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was at a loss for words after Criminal Networks Deputy Chief Dion Boyd was found dead in an apparent suicide on July 29.
The 57-year-old, recently promoted after serving the Chicago Police Department for decades, was found dead with evidence of a gunshot wound inside the Homan Square police facility, 5 miles west of the central business district.
“We are truly at a loss of words by the death of Deputy Chief of Criminal Networks Dion Boyd, who passed away,” Lightfoot said on Twitter. “Deputy Chief Boyd called the Chicago Police Department his home for more than 30 years, proudly serving the south side as commander of area 1 and the 2nd district, along with numerous other roles.”
The death came just weeks after Illinois experienced one of the nation’s worst crime waves in the wake of extreme anarchist protests due to the death in custody of Minnesotan George Floyd on May 25.
More than 414 Chicagoans have been murdered so far this year, representing a 50 percent jump over the same time in 2019. Additionally, more than 1,900 people were shot, prompting the Trump administration to deploy 100 federal agents to control what the president called “deranged anarchists” in a video shared on Facebook.
However, the mayor was widely perceived to have refused the assistance because of party politics, making local police work even harder than their counterparts in other parts of America.
“Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,” Lightfoot said on Twitter.
In Boyd’s case, the extra pressure of responding to violent individuals, who the White House found to be throwing “bricks, chunks of concrete, glass bottles, feces, balloons filled with paint, pig’s feet, … ball bearings, and batteries,” proved too much to bear.
“This devastating loss will not only be felt at every level of this department but in the countless communities and homes Deputy Chief Boyd touched during his decadeslong service to our city,” Lightfoot said.
The mayor suggested she regretted her decision to refuse President Donald Trump’s assistance and said the city would have to pay more to provide mental health counseling services to police officers.
“To every officer, we want you to know that you are deserving of help and healing, and no one needs to struggle alone,” she said. “Over the coming weeks, we will be taking steps to bolster our support network, so that every first responder understands that help is available.”
Suicide cases were 60 percent higher within the Chicago Police Department’s ranks than the national average of 18.1 officers per 100,000 back in 2017 according to Department of Justice records.