Chicago became a place of mayhem and destruction early on Monday morning, Aug. 10, as rioters vandalized and looted the city, out of control. Widespread riots marched across the city, including the trashing and looting of the Magnificent Mile. No shops were spared as the looters smashed their way through glass doors and windows grabbing what they wanted.
Fox News reported a woman with shopping bags full of goods fell on the sidewalk as an officer was chasing her. Another woman appeared to have been pepper-sprayed and a rock was thrown at a police car.
Social media users posted videos of hundreds of people looting at Nordstrom, Walgreens, Macy’s, Coach, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. Carloads of people began turning up, and the crowds swelled. People could be seen taking away bags full of stolen goods.
The riots were apparently in response to a shooting on Sunday afternoon Aug. 9, involving a man in his early 20s or late teens. He was in an altercation with police, after they had responded to a report of an armed man in Englewood. A chase ensued, the man began shooting at police, injuring one officer, police returned the fire, injuring the suspect. Police told the Chicago Tribune that a false rumor had circulated that the person involved was a child. One hour later a crowd of around 30 people faced off against police, their anger fueled by the false report of a child being shot.
“This right here is a direct response to one agitator being on the scene, getting people all worked up without having the full story,” Chicago Deputy Chief Yolanda Talley told NBC Chicago.
Andy Ngo, the conservative journalist, took to Twitter to say “BLM-inspired rioting and looting is happening in Chicago tonight.” He wrote that police “look completely overwhelmed.”
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 10, 2020
Ryan Baker, an anchor for CBS Chicago, also tweeted, “Absolute chaos in downtown Chicago with more overnight looting and vandalism in the Loop. Appears to be a coordinated effort with minimal police presence.”
Fox News reports that between January and July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many who were killed, according to statistics released Saturday by the police department. This is in stark contrast to the number of homicides and shootings for the same period last year, where there were 290 homicides and 1,480 shootings, including persons who were killed.
— Paige Fry (@paigexfry) August 10, 2020
Responding to the president’s announcement in July that he would send federal agents to Chicago to help deal with the increase in crime, the response from Mayor Lori Lightfoot was, “We need you, as president, to take a leadership role in enacting meaningful and common-sense gun legislation, which you so far have refused to do.”
“What we do not need, and what will certainly make our community less safe is secret, federal agents deployed to Chicago. Any other form of militarized assistance within our borders that would not be within our control or within the direct command of the Chicago Police Department would spell disaster,” wrote the mayor.