Property Damage, Looting In Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

 Monday, August 10, 2020


More than 100 people were arrested in Chicago after an overnight fit of violence that appears to have begun with police exchanging gunfire with a 20-year-old man, Police Superintendent David Brown said Monday.

This was not a protest, he made clear, dubbing it instead "an incident of pure criminality." Thirteen officers were injured in frays around the city.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot called it "deeply painful" and said it had nothing to do with the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.

"You have no right to take and destroy the property of others," she said. "We will not let our city be taken over by criminals and vigilantes, no matter who they are and what they’re doing."

Those arrested were charged with looting, disorderly conduct, and battery against police, Brown said. Police will maintain a heavy presence downtown until further notice, he said.