On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appeared on MSNBC and placed the blame of the uptick in violence on the coronavirus pandemic rather than her own poor leadership...anything to shift the spotlight off of herself.
Lightfoot declared that there is "no question" that there was a “COVID-related impact on the public safety system.”
“[W]e are making progress in Chicago,” she continued. “We have a homicide clearance rate that’s about 45%. Certainly below what we expect, but better than we’ve been in about five or six years. We cleared more murders this year than we have in the last 10 years. So, we’re seeing progress being made, but there’s no question that the COVID-related impact on the public safety system in Chicago, in New York, in L.A., D.C. and other cities across the country is real. And what we’ve got to continue to do is make sure that we’re demanding of our courts and our prosecutors that they hold violent people accountable and keep them off our streets.”
“It’s a huge issue for us in Chicago, and we have to continue fighting that fight,” Lightfoot added. “And then we’ve also got to play the long game at getting at the root causes of the violence, which is poverty, lack of investment, lack of jobs and … lack of hope. We got to disrupt the pipeline of young souls that are going to the streets and subject to the predatory tactics of the gangs by giving them hope in a future that isn’t minding somebody’s corner spot.”
The crime and violence will continue to increase as long as people are voting Democrats into office.
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