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The mayor of Chicago must fire the police chief if the “crime pandemic” is not addressed, says critics

In Chicago, up to a dozen suspects stormed a shop in the Chatham neighborhood on Friday night, grabbing as many items as they could carry, according to a report.

A surveillance camera image released by the police shows four suspects behind the counter, rummaging through drawers and grabbing objects on display. Another suspect is up on the counter and others are swarming around the store grabbing goods.

Suspects ransacked a shop in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood on Friday night. (Chicago Police)

Another picture shows a suspect picking up several items from a clothes rack.

All suspects have escaped and the police are looking for them, FOX reported 32.

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According to the station, thieves have slammed into stores in the city’s upscale neighborhoods at least seven times in the past month.

Suspects ransacked a shop in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood on Friday night.  (Chicago Police)

Suspects ransacked a shop in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood on Friday night. (Chicago Police)

George Cardenas, a city councilor, says such incidents are part of a “crime pandemic” sweeping the city. This pandemic also includes a homicide rate, up 3% year over year and 59% year over year, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

This surge in homicides comes despite the Chicago Police Department. David Brown, who made a decrease in the homicide rate one of his main goals after taking office in April 2020, the newspaper reported.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown.

In Chicago, too, nearly 4,000 people were shot dead that year, also an increase over the previous year. And carjackings are up more than 30%, with more than 1,800 such incidents this year, the Sun-Times reported.

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Cardenas urges Mayor Lori Lightfoot to fire Brown and his leadership team if the situation doesn’t improve soon.

“You have to step up on a massive scale and stop this crime pandemic yourself,” Cardenas told the Sun-Times last week. “You have to find a way to recruit more people. It’s up to you. The mayor can only do so much.”

“You have to make changes when things don’t work,” he later added.

“You have to make changes when things don’t work out.”

– George Cardenas, Chicago city councilorGeorge Cardenas, councilor

George Cardenas, councilor

However, Lightfoot dismissed Cardenas’ criticism, blaming the city’s crime problem in part due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The statements attributed to Alderman George Cardenas are poorly informed and fail to appreciate the complexities of public safety in this time of COVID,” said the Democrat in defense of Brown, whom she appointed.

“If the solutions were simple, we would have solved the challenge long ago, but they are not,” it said in its statement to the Sun-Times. “The causes of community violence are deep, complex, and have been developed for generations.”

“If the solutions were simple, we would have solved the challenge a long time ago, but they are not.

– Chicago Mayor Lori LightfootChicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is seen on July 23, 2020.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is seen on July 23, 2020.
(Reuters)

Other suspects targeted a Nieman Marcus store in the Magnificent Mile area of ​​the city and a GameStop on the South Side on Friday night, according to FOX 32.

Most of the crimes occurred in the Magnificent Mile, the popular shopping and tourism district that encompasses Michigan Avenue and nearby downtown streets.

Other crimes have occurred in the Near North Side district, not far from the Magnificent Mile.

Just west of Chicago, in Oakbrook, Illinois, a group of thieves ran away with an estimated $ 100,000 worth of luxury items from a Louis Vuitton store. Police said 14 suspects attacked the store after a security guard paused.

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Lightfoot, a past president of the Chicago Police Board, backed Brown for the best police job in town after his predecessor Eddie Johnson was found drunk in his vehicle in 2019.

However, some city councils have complained that Brown was too inconspicuous in important incidents such as the police shooting of a 13-year-old boy.

The mayor defended her appointment by stating that all crimes in the city were under Brown, with the exception of murders, shootings and car thefts, the Sun-Times reported.

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