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Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds “accountability” meeting after another weekend of gun violence

There is no such thing as “accountability” in Chiraq.

Demorats have been in charge since 1931 and yet the gun violence CONTINUES.

From MyFoxChicago: City leaders met Monday following another violent weekend.

The second weekend of June saw 39 people shot, three of them fatally. Police were also able to arrest 36 people on gun-related charges and remove 115 illegal weapons from the street.

Since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took over, “Accountability Monday” has become a weekly affair between the mayor and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Also meeting with Mayor Lightfoot Monday was all 22 police district commanders to go over the weekend violence numbers.

“There’s nothing wrong with having another set of eyes looking at what we are doing,” said Johnson.

A police spokesperson says officers also arrested four robbery suspects and two shooting offenders over the weekend.

In hopes of decreasing violence numbers, the mayor and superintendent have announced the creation of “Business Liaison Officers.”

Each of the 22 districts will have a designated officer to be in direct communication between local businesses and the police.

“All those officers will have cell phones, so instead of those businesses trying to reach out to the commanders personally, they have an officer that they can go to 24 hours a day and report if they need some help,” said Johnson.

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Storeowner tells patron, “I don’t tell anyone what to believe” after he was offended by rebel flag vest

Yahoo’s original headline: “Vintage clothing store owner calls police on black man who objected to rebel flag vest.”

I prefer to highlight the fact that a store patron can ignore the fact that this is America and shop owners can legally sell whatever they want to sell.

But in today’s environment, every progressive has proclaimed themselves the SJW monitors of all that they deem good, correct and proper.

From Yahoo: The owner of a vintage clothing store called the police on a customer who asked why he was selling a rebel flag vest.

On May 25th, Nathaniel Dennis and his friends visited Beatnix on Halsted, an antique store that sells Halloween and theatre costumes, wigs, pride and transgender flags and makeup. The store is in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, home of much of the city’s LGBTQ residents.

Dennis has shopped at the store a lot, but until that day, hadn’t seen a leather vest with a rebel battle flag imprint. “We were looking at graphic T-shirts when my friend Dan Shade called me over to look at the vest,” Dennis, 32, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

The symbol was distasteful to Dennis, a black gay man from Georgia, and he was curious why his favorite boutique frequented by largely marginalized customers would sell it.

Shade and Dennis quietly approached the cashier, who referred them to a manager. “He basically said, ‘Well, we sell vintage items. I don’t tell anyone what to believe’ and sent us to the owner.”

Dennis says owner Keith Bucceri admitted the vest wasn’t appropriate merchandise for the main sales floor and tossed it behind the counter. “But then he brought up Jussie Smollett,” the former Empire actor who claimed to be victimized by a racist assault in January.

“He said, ‘You shouldn’t be making up things that aren’t true like Jussie Smollett,” recalled Dennis. “I told him, ‘Why should we be subjected to symbols like this? As a black person, I am offended.’”

According to Dennis, Bucceri accused the men of dramatics. “He was so combative, saying, ‘Get it through your thick f***ing skull, it’s not racist,’” he says. “He said we were trespassing and to ‘get the f**** out’ or he would call the police.”

Dennis says an employee picked up the phone, so he and his group left. A representative of the Chicago Police Department’s 19th District did not respond to an information request from Yahoo Lifestyle. A police officer told Block Club Chicago that a phone call was made from the store about a man “refusing” to leave but no official complaint exists.

“I didn’t want to be the next unarmed black man shot or killed by the police, so we left,” Dennis tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

However, Shade re-entered the store to take a photo of the discarded vest. “The owner had no problem with me coming back,” Shade, 29, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “He said ‘Your friend wasn’t listening,’ as if we were on the same side.”

Since the friends posted photos of the vest on Facebook, they say former store employees have shared unflattering stories about Bucceri. And the brand’s Facebook page is battling with enraged reviewers. Bucceri did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s phone messages and email.

The store wrote on Facebook, “We do not sell that type of merchandise normally, it was not a shirt, it was a leather vest and wasn’t being sold to support any such ideas. It was taken off the floor and the customer didn’t want to stop going on about it and when he wouldn’t stop…was asked to leave and yes the police were called and when they came they said they could arrest him for criminal trespassing….and I said that would not be necessary….if you choose not to come to Beatnix that is your choice, but based on this sloppy person’s very poor listening skills and insistence on arguing a point unnecessarily since the item in question was taken off the floor..it seems irrational.”

On Wednesday night, Dennis appeared at a community meeting at a bar across the street from Beatnix. “As a black person, you have to pick and choose what situations you want to pursue, because it’s mentally exhausting,” Dennis tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “But I think this is important.”

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After most deadly weekend of violence this year, Chiraq still racking up the shootings (24 as of Wednesday)

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot is going to have her hands full…

Last weekend, Chiraq saw the worst weekend of gun violence so far this year. Fifty people were shot with 10 killed. Over Memorial Day weekend, 32 people were shot – 5 fatally.

When the homosexual, POC mayor Lori Lightfoot was elected, she proclaimed, “Well, get ready because reform is here. I campaigned on change, you voted for change, and I plan to deliver change to our government.”

Also, “…there’s no higher calling than restoring safety and peace in our neighborhoods” and promised to develop a more proactive strategy against violence.”

What has the good mayor been tweeting about since Memorial Day weekend?

“She got one! @LightfootForChi on summer safety tour stops for a quick game of #bags

“Her first act as mayor — signing an executive order limiting aldermanic power — in retrospect looks like what she had promised voters: the initial step of a long march to reform of City Hall.” #BringInTheLight”

I see Mayor Lightfoot retained her ball handling skills. Good to see her out at the season opener of the Chicago Sky. Now let’s get a win!”

“Our family – and many LGBTQ+ Chicagoans – are fortunate to live in a city that supported LGBTQ+ rights long before they were officially legal. That’s why, as mayor, I am so proud to represent all Chicago communities.

NOT ONE WORD about the gun violence throughout her city.

Meanwhile, the violence continues:

8 shot, 1 killed Monday in Chicago
9 shot, 1 killed Tuesday in Chicago
7 shot, 2 killed Wednesday in Chicago

Good luck, Chiraq. You’re going to need it!

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Gun control, Chiraq style: 44 shot – 8 fatally – since Friday night

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot is going to have her hands full…

When I originally scheduled this post early Sunday afternoon it was 42 shot, 6 fatally. By 9:00 pm the numbers had gone up to 44 shot, 8 fatally. I’m sure the numbers will be higher by Monday morning.

From MyFoxChicago: At least 42 people have been shot in Chicago since Friday evening, the large majority of whom were wounded in a rash of violence during the first 12 hours of the weekend, leaving six people dead by early Sunday morning.

A 26-year-old woman was shot and killed in Fuller Park in the weekend’s latest fatal gun violence incident.

She was outside in the 4900 block of South Princeton Avenue about 4 a.m. when gunfire erupted, Chicago police said. She was struck in the chest and pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Saturday, a man was found with a fatal gunshot wound in Albany Park on the Northwest Side.

Officials found 20-year-old Piotr Rbaliczek in a vehicle about 6:29 a.m. in the 4300 block of North Mozart Street, police said. He had been shot in the neck and was pronounced on the scene. The circumstances of the shooting remain unclear.

Earlier, authorities responding to a ShotSpotter gunshot detection alert discovered a homicide at 4:11 a.m. in the 7700 block of South Morgan in the South Side Gresham neighborhood, according to police.

Christopher Walton, 29, man had been shot in the chest and he later died at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Late Friday, two people were killed in separate Humboldt Park shootings.

Read about all the shootings here.

Guess the thugs missed the message that women of color are now in charge of Chiraq, which will somehow magically transform!

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This is Chiraq: 32 shot – 5 fatally – by early Sunday evening of Memorial Day Weekend

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot is going to have her hands full…

Guess the thugs missed the memo that the women of color now in charge of Chiraq are going to fundamentally transform that sh*thole…

From MyFoxChicago: At least 32 people have been shot — five fatally — in Chicago so far over Memorial Day weekend, including five people shot in a single incident Sunday on the Near West Side. (I scheduled this at 8:30 pm on Sunday night.)

The shooting happened just after 6 a.m. in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street, Chicago police said. Officers responding to a call of a male firing shots in the area found several men and women suffering from various gunshot wounds.

Two men, 27 and 26 years old, were taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, police said.

Two women who were sitting in a black sedan were shot as well, and both are in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. One woman, 31, had been struck in the hip and the other, 25, was hit in the left arm.
A third man, who police think may be a possible offender, is in custody at Stroger Hospital and being treated for a graze wound to his nose.

In addition to the man being treated for the graze wound, detectives are questioning two more people of interest in relation to the shooting, police said. Several weapons were recovered at the scene.

Police believe the incident is related to an earlier shooting Sunday morning in which a man was killed and a woman wounded on the same block of West Hastings, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Officers responded to a large group disturbance about 1:33 a.m. in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street, police said. They heard reports of gunshots and found a 27-year-old man hit in the chest and unresponsive.

He was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. A 25-year-old woman was hit in the forearm and took herself to the same hospital. Her condition was stabilized, and no one is in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.

Two people were killed in separate shootings Saturday in Winneconna Parkway and Roseland on the South Side.

Read about all the shootings here.

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Get ready: Women of color will change Chiraq!

Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot

I won’t hold my breath. The “Chicago Way” has been around for a looooong time and is not going away anytime soon.

But if you believe the “women of color” now in charge of Chiraq hold the power to make a serious difference in that sh*thole, get to Vegas and place a bet!

The power to make a difference doesn’t depend upon your skin color, it depends upon your policies. Yet when it comes to liberal strongholds, apparently race is all that matters to some elections.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune:

As Lori Lightfoot completed her ascension Monday from a long-shot candidate to Chicago’s first black woman and openly gay mayor, the former federal prosecutor stood in front of thousands at a crowded arena and vowed to fundamentally transform a city government that for months has operated under the cloud of an ongoing federal public corruption investigation.

Moments after placing her hand on the Bible and taking the oath of office, Lightfoot bluntly promised to restore integrity to a city government and City Council that has at times been hobbled by allegations against some of its highest-ranking members. Her fiery speech drew numerous standing ovations from a raucous crowd, but also potentially set the stage for future conflict with aldermen as they prepare to jointly tackle some of the city’s other lingering problems — massive budget shortfalls and endemic violent crime.

“For years, they’ve said Chicago ain’t ready for reform. Well, get ready because reform is here,” Lightfoot said in her inaugural address. “I campaigned on change, you voted for change, and I plan to deliver change to our government. That means restoring trust in our city’s government and finally bringing some real integrity to the way this city works.”

During an approximately half-hour speech, Lightfoot drew from Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks and called for citywide unity in addressing public safety, education, financial stability and “integrity” — a reference to Chicago’s infamous corruption.

“Our challenges can only be solved if we face them together,” Lightfoot said. “We cannot fail. We will not fail. We are Chicago.”

Lightfoot also drew a standing ovation when she noted that the election of Melissa Conyears-Ervin as treasurer and Anna Valencia as clerk marks the first time Chicago’s three citywide positions are held by women of color.

“Children who look like me and come from families like mine shouldn’t have to beat the odds to get an education, pursue their passions, or build a family,” Lightfoot said. “Black and brown kids, low-income kids, every kid in this city should grow up knowing they can pursue anything, they can love anyone — that’s my Chicago dream.”

In addition to the daunting challenge of cleaning up City Hall, Lightfoot’s administration will confront chronic gun violence, neighborhood disinvestment and segregation, and a first-year budget shortfall estimated by the outgoing administration at more than $700 million though it’s expected to be even worse.

City cops and firefighters need new contracts, and the Chicago Teachers Union already has threatened a strike in the fall. And the Chicago Police Department will navigate a federal consent decree aimed at overhauling how the city’s historically troubled force operates.

Throughout her speech, Lightfoot promised to confront the city’s toughest subjects and highlighted Chicago’s historical ingenuity.

On crime, Lightfoot said there’s “no higher calling than restoring safety and peace in our neighborhoods” and promised to develop a more proactive strategy against violence.

“People cannot and should not live in neighborhoods that resemble a war zone,” Lightfoot said. “Enough of the shootings. Enough of the guns. Enough of the violence.”

Read the whole story here.

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Apparently faux-hate crime “victim” Smollett is suffering from “night terrors”

I don’t believe a word anyone from this family has to say.

From TMZ: Jussie Smollett is the victim of an out of control media and social media storm and the “Empire” star is suffering profound emotional issues from simply telling the truth about the “attack” … so says his brother.

Jojo Smollett says Jussie is “violently awakening from night terrors, following the assault” … so he says in an op-ed piece for BET.

Jojo calls claims that Jussie staged the attack “ludicrous,” adding he has been insanely successful and didn’t need a phony reason to boost his career opportunities or salary.

Jussie’s brother says there are plenty of people who support the actor and the problem lies with the “bandwagoning and tyranny of the ‘perceived’ majority.”

Jojo says Jussie didn’t even want to contact the police following the incident in Chicago and says it was his choreographer who insisted he do so and it was actually the choreographer who called the cops.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: 6 shot at baby shower (including 2 kids); witnesses not cooperating with investigators

From MyFoxChicago: (Sun-Times Media Wire) – At least six people were wounded, including an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, in a shooting Saturday evening on the South Side that happened while a family was celebrating the upcoming birth of a child.

Gunfire erupted at 6:21 p.m. at a gathering in the 6300 block of South Seeley in the Englewood neighborhood, according to Chicago police. Two men in dark clothing approached the family gathering and opened fire before fleeing on foot, police said.

Both children were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital where their conditions are critical but stable, authorities said. The boy was struck in his back and chest, and the girl was shot in her shin, police said.

A 29-year-old woman was shot in her shoulder and chest, while a 42-year-old man was shot twice in his hip, police said. They were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where the woman was in critical condition, and the man’s condition was stabilized.

The gunfire also hit a 23-year-old man in his foot and a 28-year-old man in the shoulder, police said. They were both taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized. The older man was later transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Witnesses were not cooperating with investigators, but based on the victim’s profiles police believe the shooting may have been in retaliation from an earlier incident in the neighborhood, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Detectives were reviewing footage from nearby surveillance cameras but had little physical evidence to work with at the scene.

The family was celebrating the upcoming birth of a child, authorities said.

The mother and grandmother of the wounded 8-year-old boy were seen waiting outside Comer, both of them visibly distressed. The mother, whose shirt was stained with blood, was crying out for her child. “He’s just a baby, he’s just a baby,” the mother said, as tears flowed down her face. The grandmother told reporters the boy was in surgery.

Meanwhile, in another shooting, a 13-year-old boy was seriously wounded about 8:20 p.m. in the 1200 block of West 73rd. Two males ran out of a vacant lot and fired shots into a car where the boy was sitting, striking him in the hip, police said. The car drove to 69th and Racine where paramedics were called. The boy’s condition was stabilized at Comer.

Speaking to reporters outside Comer, community activist Andrew Holmes called for prayers for the young victims and urged any witnesses to talk to police. “We’re starting the spring and summer off wrong,” Holmes said.

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Identity politics wins in Chiraq: First black female and openly gay mayor elected

Chicago’s mayor-elect, Lori Lightfoot

Apparently body parts and sexual preference are the real qualifiers for seeking public office.

This week Chiraq elected demorat Lori Lightfoot as their next mayor. According to the AP, Lightfoot “campaigned on ridding Chicago’s government of corruption.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

About Chiraq’s new mayor, from Wikipedia:

“Lori Elaine Lightfoot (born August 4, 1962) is an American politician who is currently the mayor-elect of Chicago. She has worked in private legal practice as a partner at Mayer Brown, and held various government positions in the city of Chicago, most notably as former President of the Chicago Police Board.

Lightfoot first entered the public sector as Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. She cites several reasons for entering public service, including a desire to represent the African-American community, a sense of injustice based on the murder of a family member by a Ku Klux Klan member in the 1920s, and her older brother’s struggles with the law.

While working as a federal prosecutor, Lightfoot assisted with Operation Silver Shovel, an FBI investigation into Chicago corruption. She helped to convict alderman Virgil Jones. Lightfoot was issued a warning for misconduct by judge Richard Posner in a case in which she was found by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to have misled a United States Circuit Judge regarding a suspect’s whereabouts, making it impossible for the judge to stay the suspect’s extradition to Norway. Lightfoot and the Justice Department at the time disputed this characterization of her actions.

In 2002, Lightfoot was appointed chief administrator of the Chicago Police Department Office of Professional Standards, a now-defunct governmental police oversight group, by Mayor Richard M. Daley. She held the position for two years. In the position, she was charged with investigating possible cases of police misconduct, including police shootings of civilians. However, a Chicago Tribune report found that the Office of Professional Standards’ investigations often lacked thoroughness. Lightfoot says her recommendations for disciplinary action were often rejected by the police department.”

Chicago voted overwhelmingly for Lightfoot as she received almost 74% of the votes, yet voter turnout was an almost historic low.

I don’t live I Chiraq so I don’t have skin in their game. But good luck to y’all who believe that a “progessive” – with a career spent almost entirely in the government sector (a brief stint in private law practice) – is going to be that “independent” leader who can magically end corruption in Chicago.

I won’t hold my breath.

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Robin Roberts on her interview with liar Jussie Smollet: “It was a no-win situation”

Smollett’s narrative was questionable from the start: Two white “rednecks” out in Chiraq at 2:00 am during freezing temperatures screaming, “This is MAGA country!”

Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

From Hollywood Reporter: Robin Roberts on Monday revealed that she saw “red flags” in Jussie Smollett’s story and was subsequently hesitant about interviewing the Empire star on ABC’s Good Morning America. The sit-down, which aired Feb. 14, was Smollett’s first televised interview since his alleged hate crime attack and was broadcast one week before Smollett would go on to be charged with federal disorderly conduct for falsifying a police report.

The GMA anchor took a moment during her solo panel at The Cut’s first daylong “How I Get It Done” event to share details about the high-profile interview, including the details of how the ABC get unfolded and whether she believed Smollett during the process.

“All I wanted was to get to the truth,” Roberts told the intimate crowd, including The Hollywood Reporter, that had gathered at 1 Hotel Brooklyn. “All I wanted was to give the truth.”

While discussing details of the interview, which was shot two days prior to its airing, Roberts explained that the GMA booking department had initially reached out to her about sitting down with Smollett. Talks about the possible interview began shortly after the Empire star claimed he was attacked on a Chicago street in late January.

It was in those early internal conversations where Roberts first voiced her reluctance. “I’ll be completely honest, I said, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to do the interview or not,'” she said. “Let’s just wait and see, let’s see if more information comes in.”

There was rising speculation over Smollett’s account at the time, but it wasn’t until hours after the interview aired that a report hit that brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo (who are now witnesses in the Chicago Police Department’s case) were allegedly paid by Smollett to stage the attack. The narrative around Smollett began to significantly shift, but the interview was already locked.

Roberts pointed to comments made by Smollett during a Los Angeles concert in the days following his alleged attack as another key moment where she questioned speaking with the actor. She was adamant that interviewing Smollett made “no sense” if he was just going to “lawyer up” or refuse to be candid.

Roberts clarified to THR that her decision to talk with Smollett was contingent upon him sharing details that hadn’t been previously reported, which would make the interview newsworthy. “If there wasn’t going to be anything new, I didn’t really want to do it,” she said.

It was after those internal GMA conversations that Smollett reached out, “outraged by people making assumptions about whether it happened or not,” Roberts told THR and the crowd. According to the GMA anchor, Smollett’s team said that the actor was OK with being challenged on what Roberts saw as “red flags,” but that he’d also say things he hadn’t already said elsewhere.

“I’m like — as a journalist and as a newsperson, this is his right,” Roberts said. “He’s going on the record for the first time. Yes, I’ll do the interview.”

Roberts noted that her GMA team went through the police report and conducted other research to prepare for the interview, which was originally set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, but was ultimately pushed back several hours due to the actor’s filming schedule. Roberts admitted during the panel that she wasn’t sure how it was going to go or how Smollett was going to react, but that she consciously worked to be as neutral as possible. She also was aware of her own identity as a gay black woman and how reporting on Smollett, a gay black man, might be perceived.

“He’s saying that it was a hate crime,” Roberts said. “So if I’m too hard on him, then people in my LGBTQ community are going, ‘Oh, you don’t believe him.’ If I’m too light on him, then it’s like, ‘Oh, because you are in the community, you’re giving him a pass.’ So it was, like, it was a no-win situation for me.

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