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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Deploys Dozens of Police Officers to Guard Her Home

City police form human barricade around mayor's home

 on 24th July 2020 @ 11.00pm
1 000 protesters gathered in logan square thursday night calling for racial justice and police reform © press
1,000 protesters gathered in Logan Square Thursday night calling for racial justice and police reform

Not long after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park, she deployed dozens of police officers to guard her block where she lives.

Chicago has become such a hotbed of violence that President Donald Trump has been forced to send in federal police to help quell the ongoing unrest.

CBS Chicago reported that 1,000 protesters gathered in Logan Square Thursday night calling for racial justice and police reform.

The protesters were gathered at Kimball and Wrightwood avenues, close to where Mayor Lori Lightfoot lives, as of 9:15 p.m.

The group included representatives of Black Lives Matter and Good Kids Mad City, and they are also calling for the defunding of police.

The protest began at the actual Logan Square at Milwaukee and Kedzie avenues. It grew considerably as it moved through the neighborhood.

after protests  demonstrations  and violent clashes with police  chicago   s christopher columbus statues were removed © press
After protests, demonstrations, and violent clashes with police, Chicago’s Christopher Columbus statues were removed

Meanwhile, video and photos of protesters near Lightfoot’s home dancing in the streets were captured by a photographer who posted on Twitter:

“Words can’t express how live Chicago is right now, near the Mayor’s block. Ask the photos. #ChicagoProtests #LoganSquareLockdown #DefundCPD,” Vashon Jordan Jr. tweeted.

Many of the protesters were not social distancing and not wearing masks.

CBS Chicago reported on the statue removal:

After protests, demonstrations, and violent clashes with police, Chicago’s Christopher Columbus statues have been removed from both Grant Park and Arrigo Park.

CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported crowds cheered overnight as the Grant Park statue was removed by the city.

The statue in Little Italy was removed early Friday morning. A third statue of Columbus in the South Shore neighborhood has not been removed.

The statue, which is part of a fountain, was built in 1892 and moved to its current location at 92nd Street and Exchange Avenues in 1909. It was built to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage to the New World according to the city’s website. Before it was moved to South Chicago, it stood outside City Hall on Washington Street.

 this step is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space   lightfoot said in a statement © press
'This step is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space,' Lightfoot said in a statement

Alderman Raymond Lopez tweeted:

“What has become of Chicago? We have a mayor forced into submission by anarchy & mob-rule?

"No more public process, official discourse, or on-the-record debate.

"The lesson learned is that if you want action from Lightfoot, show up en mass at her house & she will cave every time."

“This step is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space for an inclusive and democratic public dialogue about our city’s symbols,” Lightfoot said in a statement.

“In addition, our public safety resources must be concentrated where they are most needed throughout the city, and particularly in our South and West Side communities.”

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