Officials in Chicago are getting dangerously close to losing control of the city.
The Chicago Police Department was called in to clear Millennium Park, after a teenage boy was shot and killed on May 14, 2022. According to reports hundreds of young people flooded the area acting unruly.
🚨#BREAKING: Large Riots taking place in Chicago IL
⁰📌#Chicago | #Illinois
Chicago PD have just declared a riot after a 16 year old boy was killed Police officers are currently getting stuff thrown with 1,000 protesting reports of multiple huge fights breaking out with looting pic.twitter.com/B8QM6kNA3O
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) May 15, 2022
Below was footage showing people beginning to gather which intensified throughout the night.
#Riot declared 10:57 PM EST in #Chicago
Rioters blocking traffic and damaging cars. Numerous assaults in progress.
Police Captain advises hook and book. Mass arrests are in effect. pic.twitter.com/7JexLwe7M9
— TheFamily’sSoup TV (@FamilysSoupTV) May 15, 2022
Local reports said that police officers and pedestrians were pelted with items being thrown by rioters in the area. Throughout the night shootings, lootings, and assaults took place.
#BREAKING: Crowds are throwing objects at passing cars while #Riots take place in Chicago IL.
Chicago PD is dealing with a riot in Chicago IL with large Gatherings taking place Multiple #shootings were reported with People looting.#Chicago #Illinois pic.twitter.com/hvEoJ8oTCD
— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) May 15, 2022
In response to the shooting, America’s worst mayor, Lori Lightfoot said:
“Earlier this evening, a 16-year-old was tragically killed near Millennium Park. This senseless loss of life is utterly unacceptable. Tonight, a mother is grief-stricken, mourning the loss of her child and searching for answers. My heart is breaking for the mother as she grieves this unspeakable loss.”
“Of course, young people are welcome everywhere in our city, but community norms require respect for each other, people’s property, and the sanctity of life. Anything less simply will not be tolerated. We must also have zero tolerance for young people carrying firearms or settling petty disputes with acts of violence. We all must condemn this behavior in the strongest terms possible and continue to take action against anyone who violates these basic community norms. And I continue to call upon parents and guardians to step up, to ensure that your children understand basic values of respect, and that you take responsibility for knowing at all times where your children are and who they are with.”
“We will be taking additional actions to stop this lawlessness and will share details as soon as possible on what additional measures we will be taking to help prevent events like this from happening in the future.”
On Monday, May 16, 2022, Lightfoot announced a curfew for unaccompanied minors over the weekends.
NOW – Mayor Lori Lightfoot imposes a 10 p.m. curfew for unaccompanied minors in Chicago on weekends.pic.twitter.com/idx5g9YA1B
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) May 16, 2022