“It’s starting to look like it did a couple of months ago”
The renewed wave of civil unrest in the city was provoked on Sunday by rioters responding to the death of a man who shot at police officers. The event occurred around 2:30 p.m. on the same day, and the 20-year-old suspect reportedly shot at Chicago Police Department(CPD) officers while running away from them. The CPD units present during the altercation defended themselves, firing at and injuring the suspect, who was then transported to a hospital and was expected to survive.
CPD officials stated that the suspect had four previous arrests and that a gun was recovered at the scene of the incident.
Police Supt. David Brown said on Monday that a crowd of agitated demonstrators gathered at the site of the criminal’s shooting. Anger quickly rose as misinformation was deliberately spread through the crowd and throughout the city via social media.
“This was not an unarmed juvenile, unfortunately, as being propagated on social media,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat.
In response to the renewed rioting, the CPD deployed over 400 officers, and the police also instructed that the drawbridges downtown be raised in an effort to prevent the rioters from making their way into other parts of the city.
Unfortunately, this did not help the businesses that were already in the way of the violent mob. Many department stores and small businesses were ransacked by the looters throughout the night. Many officers who arrived to respond to the situation were physically attacked by the rioters.
More than 100 arrests were made by the early morning hours of Monday. One group of officers that were arresting a suspect carrying a looted cash register were even fired upon by a gang of armed individuals in a car. Thirteen police officers were injured that night.
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Recent violence in Chicago making residents frustrated and angry
The wave of looting and violence began in the South Side area of Chicago, several miles from the site of the police-involved shooting. The area is predominantly populated by people that identify as African Americans. Many have noted the similarities between the city’s second wave of rioting and destruction to the first days of civil unrest in Minneapolis.
“It’s starting to look like it did a couple of months ago,” said Tracey Flaherty from Lincoln Park on Monday. She noted that many of the neighborhood’s businesses have once again begun boarding up their stores after a Best Buy and a liquor store were looted overnight.
Alen Music, owner of KEA Construction, remarked on Monday afternoon that he had boarded up no fewer than half a dozen businesses in another area of Lincoln Park. He also said that the looting and violence has only left people “frustrated and pissed off” more than scared.
Lightfoot and the CPD are preparing for even more rioting. Supt. Brown has ordered that access to the city’s downtown area be limited between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Officers were placed on 12-hour shifts and all time-off requests have been cancelled.
Chicago’s residential areas must prepare for rioters’ escalation
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, a wealthy section of the city lined with luxurious businesses, was also looted by the large mob of rioters. As this area becomes less profitable for the rioters, Chicago’s residents must prepare for the violent mobs to move further out and into residential areas, especially if the CPD will keep the drawbridges raised during riots, which will block the access of the mob to the wealthier districts in downtown Chicago.
Up until very recently, the Antifa and BLM rioters have been containing themselves to rioting in commercial and political areas of cities, thanks in part to the tireless work of law enforcement across the country. If they did move into residential areas, it was to look for political targets such as police chiefs, city mayors and prominent conservative figures. (Related: Seattle police chief’s home targeted by Black Lives Matter because of her opposition to defunding the police).
After #antifa were dispersed by police following the attack on the East Precinct, they tried to blind a woman at her home with lasers and attacked her.— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 6, 2020
Antifa have gone into residential parts of the city after moving on from attacking federal courthouse. pic.twitter.com/mKcrgHixmC
However, as of late, it seems that Antifa and BLM have started updating their tactics, as their recent attacks in residential areas have been against innocent people, as well as people who profess opposing beliefs.
In Portland on Saturday night, one group of Antifa and BLM rioters threatened the residents of one building, shouting statements such as “We know where you live” and “We’re gonna burn your building down.”
Several Antifa-affiliated groups have even openly called for the rioters to begin attacking suburbs and residential areas, especially in Portland, where the group that calls itself the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front has begun calling on their supports to move away from the city’s downtown area and into the more residential Southwest Portland district.
Similar attacks on residential areas have been witnessed in other parts of the country, such as in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Antifa disrupted a “Back the Blue” rally, and in Washington, D.C., where agitators marched through a neighborhood in the middle of the night just to wake up the area’s “White, rich” residents.