Widespread Looting, Violence Hits Downtown Chicago

Headline Roundup August 10th, 2020

Chicago's downtown area, including the "Magnificent Mile" shopping district, was disrupted by widespread looting and violence late Sunday into early Monday morning. 13 police officers were hurt and over 100 people were arrested; the looting was reportedly prompted by a police-involved shooting earlier in the day.

Coverage on all sides focused on the injured law enforcement officers, the number of arrests, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's condemnation of violent criminals.

Widespread Looting, Violence Hits Downtown Chicago

From the Left
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Widespread rioting and looting erupted on the streets of Chicago after people clashed with police over an officer-involved shooting the previous day.

Hundreds of people were seen ransacking businesses during a period of unrest which lasted several hours across the city from late Sunday into Monday morning.

Dozens of stores were looted along the "Magnificent Mile" shopping district, as well as other areas of Chicago.

Footage appearing on social media showed officers pelted with objects and people breaking into banks by smashing windows with baseball bats.

The violence saw the...

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From the Center
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Hundreds of people swept through the Magnificent Mile and other parts of downtown Chicago early Monday, smashing windows, looting stores, confronting police and at one point exchanging gunfire with officers, authorities said.

More than 100 people were arrested as of 9 a.m., according to Chicago police Superintendent David Brown. Thirteen officers were injured during the unrest, including a sergeant who was hit by a bottle. A civilian and private security guard were shot and wounded.

“What occurred in our downtown and surrounding communities was abject criminal behavior, pure and simple,”...

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Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned a night of mass looting during a press conference Monday morning, warning “criminals and vigilantes” that “we are coming for you.”

Looters and rioters descended on the streets of Chicago early Monday morning after a man was reportedly hit during a shootout involving officers, according to Newsweek. Lightfoot addressed the chaos Monday morning, calling out criminals and noting that the behavior was not protected under the First Amendment.

“These individuals engaged in what can only be described as brazen and extensive criminal looting and...

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