WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Three supervisors and 10 other police officers are caught lounging inside the office of a congressman which had been robbed earlier.
- Surveillance pictures put the officers inside the office while looters damaged the businesses nearby on June 1.
- Mayor Lightfoot and CPD Superintendent Brown assures that the city will take the strongest possible action.
Chicago Police face ire that surged up after a video online showing police officers lounging inside an already-broken-into office of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, while looters damaged businesses nearby on June 1.
The incident on the congressman’s office unfolded at around 1 AM on said date. The police officers were placed inside the office, eating popcorn, drinking coffee and sleeping, while looters damaged the businesses nearby. During the same time, a Black Lives Matter protest took place outside.
Surveillance pictures place three supervisors and 10 other police officers inside the office, “having a little hangout for themselves, while small businesses on the South Side were looted and burned,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
“They even had the unmitigated gall to go and make coffee for themselves and pop popcorn, my popcorn, in my microwave, while looters were tearing apart businesses within their sight, within their reach,” Rush said. “They did not care about what was happening to business people, to this city. They didn’t care. They absolutely didn’t care.”
Mayor Lightfoot condemned the incident. “We should all be disgusted, and we should all feel hurt and betrayed, in this moment of all moments,” the mayor said. “The officers in this incident, and others we’ve seen in the past weeks, have demonstrated a total disregard for their colleagues, for the badge and for those they’re sworn to serve and protect.”
Chicago Police Internal Affairs and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability are investigating the incident on June 1. This is to determine if the police officers involved committed a crime. Mayor Lightfoot assures that “not one of these officers will be allowed to hide behind the badge and act like nothing ever happened.”
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown considers the incident an embarrassment. He promises that the 13 police officers involved will be held accountable.
“If you sleep during a riot, what do you do on a regular shift?” Brown said. “What makes you comfortable enough that a supervisor won’t hold you accountable? Supervisors … need to step up or step out. I’m not playing.”