Black Lives Matter Organizer Declares That Looting "Is Reparations" For Black People
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During a Black Lives Matter rally in Chicago on Monday, activist gathered to show support for the many looters and rioters who were arrested for steeling from businesses in Chicago city over the weekend.
"Activists gathered at the South Loop police station on Monday to stand in solidarity with over 100 people who were arrested after a night of violence, destruction, and mass looting erupted within the city," Breitbart reported.
One of the organizers for the event, Ariel Atkins, defended the looters, arguing that looting is okay because it is basically reparations for slavery.
“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats,” Atkins said. “That makes sure that person has clothes.”
“That is reparations,” she added, saying that the actions were okay because the businesses “have insurance.”
“Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance,” Atkins said.
On Sunday night, Chicago's shopping district, known as the Magnificent Mile, was looted by hundreds of people for five straight hours.
“It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the unrest, which began shortly after midnight, but anti-police graffiti was seen in the area,” the Associated Press reported. “Hours earlier, dozens of people had faced off with police after officers shot and wounded a person Sunday in the city’s Englewood neighborhood, located about 10 miles away.”
“In the Sunday shooting in Englewood, police said in a statement that they responded about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to a call about a person with a gun and tried to confront someone matching his description in an alley. He fled from officers on foot and shot at officers, police said,” the AP also noted. “Officers returned fire, wounding him, and a gun was recovered, police said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and three officers involved also were taken to a hospital for observation, the statement said.”
Deputy Director for News Affairs and Communications at the Chicago Police Department Tom Ahren took to Twitter in the night to share, “Police involved shooting Michigan and Lake. Shots fired at police who returned fire. No officers injured. Unknown at this time if offenders were shot.”
“The looting began shortly after midnight as people darted through broken store windows and doors along Michigan Avenue carrying shopping bags full of merchandise,” The Chicago Tribune reported. “Cars dropped off more people as the crowd grew. At least one U-Haul van was seen pulling up.”
Over the course of the evening, 13 officers were hurt and over 100 people were arrested. Lightfoot finally responded to the looting on Monday morning.
“We are waking up in shock this morning,” Lightfoot said. “These individuals engaged in what can only be described as brazen and extensive criminal looting and destruction. And to be clear, this had nothing to do with legitimate, protected First Amendment expression.”
“We are not going to let our city be taken over by criminals and vigilantes,” she added.
Check out what Fox News reported:
"Car caravans” of looters made their way into Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast and Irving North neighborhoods and neighboring commercial districts overnight, which officials believe was spurred by a police-involved shooting in Englewood earlier in the day, said Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.
At the scene of the South Side shooting, "tempers flared fueled by misinformation as the afternoon turned into the evening," Brown said.
"CPD became aware of several social media posts encouraging looting downtown," Brown said, and the department dispatched roughly 400 officers to the region.
Chaos and destruction unfolded over the next several hours, as several posts to social media show looters breaking into high-end stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue and a Tesla dealership, with many using anything they can – even, in at least one case, a car – to do so.
“This was not an organized protest, rather this was an incident of pure criminality,” Brown said. “This was an act of violence against our police officers and against our city.”'
“Criminals took to the streets with confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions and I, for one, refuse to allow these cowardly acts to hold our city hostage,” Brown added. “CPD will not stand by as our beautiful downtown becomes someplace that people fear.”
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