Chicago Mayor Bans Protests – But Only On Her Block
At long lost, after Chicago has been seeing regular protests for months now, many of which have escalated into violence, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is finally putting an end to them…. in front of her house.
While Lightfoot been “kind” enough to exempt protesters and rioters but not many small businesses from social distancing guidelines, the hammer is finally coming down on the protesters and rioters too – barely.
According to Fox News:
Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended the Chicago Police Department banning protesters from the block where she lives, citing her right to safety.
The Democratic mayor said her family requires heightened security due to threats she receives, but did not elaborate.
“I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis, on a daily basis, understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” Lightfoot said
She said comparisons to how the police department protected previous mayors’ homes, such as that of Rahm Emanuel, were unfair because: “This is a different time like no other,” Lightfoot told reporters.
After massive street protests after the killing of George Floyd in May, Chicago police banned protests near the mayor’s home. Officers were instructed to arrest anyone protesting near her Logan Square residence.
Lightfoot follows in the footsteps of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, who has also sympathized with the rioters destroying her city, and speculated that the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” could usher in a summer of love. The two murders in CHOP may not have changed her mind about these kind of leftists, but protesters marching in front of her house were the catalyst for her to finally take action.
For liberal leaders, the rules are “safety for me, but not for thee.”