Our Statement on the Mayor's Press Conference Bashing Police

CHICAGO GOP CHAIR: “THE MAYOR HAS THROWN POLICEMEN UNDER THE BUS FOR POLITICAL POINTS WHEN WE ALL SHOULD BE THANKING THEM.”

Chicago GOP Chair Steve Boulton today decried the Mayor’s press conference today in which she attacked the Chicago police officers:

“Since the Mayor wasn’t on the streets during the riots, she has no idea what dedicated police officers went through to protect this city against rioting over the weekend of May 30-31. Officers went on 12 hour shifts on the streets with little sleep in between, and frequently were simply deposited at various locations by busses with no food, no water and no instructions. Officers even had to relieve themselves in the bathrooms of looted stores while standing for their entire lengthy patrols. After days of such duty, by Monday, June 1, when the video was taken, officers were exhausted. Like soldiers on a battlefield, some were actually allowed at points to rest and feed themselves when the fighting was elsewhere.

“To distract from the negligence of herself and Governor Pritzker in failing to put the National Guard and sufficient resources on the street, resulting in the looting of the Loop and so many businesses, Mayor Lightfoot has used a video to throw officers under the bus for political points, when we all should be thanking them. While the Mayor attacks the police, how many officers were stationed by the Mayor’s house and in her Logan Square neighborhood that weekend, doing nothing constructive to defend the other citizens of Chicago?

We strongly question whether officers entered without invitation or acted without authorization. They are barred from speaking publicly on the matter, leaving others free to distort what actually happened. We demand that the Mayor and Chicago Police Department allow the officers to speak in their own defense.

The Mayor’s grotesque pandering must be rejected by all citizens who know that police officers of all races perform a vital public service at the risk of their own safety, in this instance preventing even greater violence in the riots. Instead, the Mayor has given all officers of the CPD good reason to turn in their stars. She should feel shame, not the officers.”

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