Chicago Mayor Triggered By Reporter After A Long Night Of Riots: "Do Not Bait Us!"
Here is the thing, we decided ages ago as a society that we wanted order and safety. We decided that each crime has a fair but strict punishment to discourage repeats and copy cats. A pretty simple yet accurate way to explain our extremely complicated legal system.
In recent months, in some cities, they have forgotten about that completely. Cities like Chicago are only now trying to reign in the rioters and violence plaguing their streets. If that same violence had only been properly addressed in the beginning lawmakers could have very well saved lives.
But hey, better late than never?
In a press conference following a mass riot that broke out on the famous Magnificent Mile officials announced they had arrested some 200 looters and rioters. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot claims that they will continue to make arrests and punishments will be handed down.
When a reporter asked Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown to clarify if he believed that things would have boiled over to such a point if prosecutors had done their jobs. Brown did answer him in a way, agreeing that violence was not handled from the beginning but before he could finish, Lightfoot jumped in with a "do not bait us".
What the reporter asked Brown seemed fair enough, to me:
"It almost sounds as though you’re saying this is the reason is because the courts and the prosecutors were not doing their job, that they’re going to easy on the looters from the last time..."
"Don’t take it from me, just go about what’s been done. I don’t want to do your job for you. There were no consequences for the people arrested," Brown began to reply.
“No, no, don’t — do not bait us! Do not bait us. This is a serious situation," Lightfoot interjected.
"People are concerned about their safety. Officers are concerned about their safety. So don’t bait us! What we are saying is as a result of what happened last night there have to be consequences," she continued. "We’ve got teams of people that aggressively out there identified the people responsible, looking at the plates and we're going to bring them to justice. But when we do and we do make those arrests our expectation is that this is going to be treated with the level of seriousness that, period. Don’t try to bait us, mischaracterize, pit one against the other, we’re not playing that. We are in a serious situation here and we need a serious response. That’s what we’re saying, period."
Lightfoot seemed extremely touchy over a straight forward and, correct me if I'm wrong, fair question. Do you feel like he was baiting them? Let me know in the comments below.