A whole lot of looters descended on Chicago’s upscale Magnificent Mile and different procuring areas in a single day, breaking home windows and clearing out brand-name shops and mom-and-pop retailers alike in what gave the impression to be orchestrated assaults that got here hours after a suspect fired at police who then shot him on town’s South Facet, police stated.
Police raised downtown drawbridges, closed freeway ramps and made greater than 100 arrests within the chaotic early morning hours. Officers arresting a suspect with a money register looted from a enterprise have been fired upon by a passing automobile and returned hearth, police stated.
“This was not an organized protest, this was an incident of pure criminality,” stated Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown in a Monday briefing, noting that the police had uncovered a number of social-media posts urging looters to converge on downtown in a caravan of vehicles. Police deployed 400 officers downtown.
Superintendent Brown ordered a downtown curfew and stated he would deploy officers to different neighborhoods to forestall additional looting. Police have been positioned on 12-hour shifts and time-off was canceled.