Critic says Chicago mayor needs to expel police boss if he does not address the ‘crime epidemic’

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In Chicago on Friday night, about a dozen suspects rushed to a store in the city’s Chatham neighborhood and robbed as many items as they could carry, according to a report.

A security-camera image released by police shows four suspects behind the counter of the store, crouching through drawers and catching items. Another suspect is standing on the counter while others have fans around the store, stealing goods.

The suspect was found robbing a store in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood Friday night. (Chicago Police)

Another picture shows a suspect holding several items from a clothing rack.

LOVEBYLIFE 32 reports that all the suspects fled and police are searching for them.

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Over the past month or so, thieves have been hit at least seven times in shops in the city’s most expensive neighborhoods, according to the station.

The suspect was found robbing a store in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood Friday night.  (Chicago Police)

The suspect was found robbing a store in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood Friday night. (Chicago Police)

Such incidents are part of a “crime epidemic” that permeates the city, says George Cardenas, the city’s senior official. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the pandemic includes a murder rate of 3% so far last year and 59% over 2019.

The rise in murders comes despite the Chicago Police Supt. The newspaper reports that after taking the job in April 2020, David Brown will reduce his murder rate to one of his main goals.

Chicago Police Supt.  David Brown.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown.

About 4,000 people were shot in Chicago this year, more than last year. And carjackings are up more than 30%, with more than 1,800 incidents this year, the Sun-Times reported.

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Cardenas has called on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to leave Brown and his leadership team if they don’t improve soon.

“They have to step it up big and stop this crime epidemic by itself,” Cardenas told The Sun-Times last week. “They need to find a way to hire more people. It’s on them. Only the mayor can do that.”

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

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

– George Cardenas, Chicago Alderman

George Cardenas, City Alderman

George Cardenas, City Alderman

However, Lightfoot dismissed criticism from Cardenas, blaming the city’s crime problem, in part, on the coronavirus epidemic.

Brown, who was appointed by the Democrats, said in a statement: “The statements attributed to Alderman George Cardenas are uninformed and do not appreciate the complexities of public safety during this COVID.”

“If the solutions were easy, we would have solved the challenge long ago, but they weren’t,” continued his statement to the Sun-Times. “The root causes of community violence are deep, complex and have been in the making for generations.”

“If the solutions were easy, we would have solved the challenge a long time ago, but they were not. The root causes of community violence are deep, complex and generational.”

– Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago seen July 23, 2020

Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago seen July 23, 2020
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Other robberies targeted the Neiman Marcus store in the city’s Magnificent Mile Friday night and a gamestop south of LOVEBYLIFE 32.

Crimes often occurred in the Magnificent Mile area, a popular shopping and tourism area that includes nearby streets on Michigan Avenue and the Downtown section.

There have been other crimes In the Near North District, A short distance from the magnificent mile.

West of Chicago, in Oakbrook, Illinois, a group of thieves made an estimated $ 100,000 of luxury goods from a Louis Vuitton store. The 14 suspects attacked the store after a security guard went to a break, police said.

Lightfoot, the former Chicago Police Board chairman, backed the city’s top police job after Brown’s predecessor Eddie Johnson was found drunk inside his vehicle in 2019.

But some city elders have complained that Brown acted too badly during major events, such as a police-involved shootout on a 13-year-old boy.

The mayor defended his appointment by pointing out that, except for murders, shootings and carjackings, all city crimes were reduced under Brown. The Sun-Times reported.

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