Chicago Cops Hung Out Inside U.S. Rep’s Office as Protest Raged. They Made Popcorn, Drank Coffee, Napped.
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When protests across Chicago turned into chaos last week and residents started ransacking nearby shops, police officers were making popcorn and drinking coffee while "lounging" in Congressman Bobby Rush's office, officials said in a breathtaking press conference on Thursday with.
In addition to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Rush said that at least 13 Chicago policemen lounged and "relaxed" in his South Side campaign office in the early morning hours of June 1 while nearby businesses were looted and burned and her colleagues collided with demonstrators.
"They even had the absolute gall of brewing coffee for themselves and bursting popcorn, my popcorn, in my microwave, while looters tore shops apart in their eyes and within their reach," said Rush (D-IL).
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The incident, of which Rush and Lightfoot said he was detained on video surveillance, showed the officials - and at least three superiors - with their feet raised on desks. One officer "slept on my couch" while another "was on his cell phone," said Rush.
"They were in a kind of relaxation and didn't care what happened. They didn't care. They didn't care, ”added Rush.
Rush's office is in a mall that had been ransacked for several hours that night. While Lightfoot clarified that the officials were responding to a call that had been broken into and broken into by the campaign office, Rush said that he was horrified when he finally saw the video surveillance - he was full of police officers.
The shocking news comes in the midst of an investigation into Chicago police officers accused of using excessive force in protests and riots after George Floyd's death. The Cook County Prosecutor's Office and the FBI are investigating allegations that a Chicago officer pulled a woman's hair out of a car before kneeling her neck - a move that killed Floyd's death by the police in Minneapolis.
Lightfoot, who was sometimes visibly angry and tearful during Thursday's press conference, said the officials "had completely disregarded their colleagues [and] the badge" and should be held accountable. She said she and her team were "angry" when they heard about the incident. None of the 13 officers were identified, and she asked them to report before the investigators found them.
Lightfoot called it a "personal embarrassment" and apologized on behalf of the city. The officials had "abandoned" their city security obligations. She said she would press for the state to pass a law that requires police officers to be admitted.
"We should all be disgusted and feel hurt and cheated at this moment," Lightfoot said, adding that the officers were in Rush's office, which was in a mall that was ransacked for about four to four was 5 hours. "
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown also condemned the officers' actions and said he intended to hold them accountable and "preserve the nobility of the profession."
"If you sleep during an uprising, what do you do during a regular shift when there is no uprising?" Brown asked before apologizing on behalf of the police.
Rush, co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party, has been a member of Congress since 1993. Democratic lawmakers have had a tense relationship with Lightfoot in the past after Rush falsely accused her of being the preferred candidate for the fraternal order of the police in 2019.
While fighting for a Cook County Board president last year, Rush said that those who vote for Lightfoot would have "the blood of the next young black man or black woman killed by the police" on their hands . Apparently, Lightfoot alluded to her story on Thursday, saying that despite her differences, she would work with Rush against misconduct during a historic billing period for the police.
"We have not always agreed on every issue, but today we are in complete harmony in our just anger and unwavering determination, and I want to make sure that this is very clear," said Lightfoot. "What I do know about Congressman Rush is that he has spent his life declaring and fighting injustice, and this is exactly one of those moments."
Editor's Note: This heading has been updated to indicate that the police are accused of hanging around Congressman Bobby Rush's office after responding to a call there. They were not accused of breaking into the office.
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