Lori Lightfoot: Rules For Thee-But Not For Me
Rules Not For Me–
Remember when Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposed cutting $80 million dollars from the city’s police budget back in 2020?
Well, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Lightfoot herself recruited private police officers for her own personal protection at the same time she was spouting off her “de-fund the police” rhetoric.
In other words, while publicly declaring that the city’s police force was not to be trusted, Lightfoot was busy quietly amassing her own private security detail.
Rules for thee but not for me – am I right?
This special group of officers, dubbed the “mayor’s security detail,” is made up of veteran cops who were hand-picked by Lightfoot.
And these are the same officers she now relies on for protection, both at City Hall and in her personal life. Talk about a double standard.
Eventually, Lightfoot’s comments amounted to a $59 million dollar police budget cut, with cops retiring at a higher rate amidst a skyrocketing crime rate in Chicago.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, “Chicago has seen a dramatic increase in shootings and murders since Lightfoot took office in May 2019, with the number of people shot up by 42 per cent last year to nearly 2400.”
Governing.com data from 2016 show that Chicago had about 43.9 officers per 10,000 population. Since the mayor supposedly needs 20 bodyguards, it’s worth noting that the officers she is using for her own detail could be serving over 16,000 Chicagoans instead of just Lightfoot.
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said, ““While murders are soaring, while districts are barebones for manpower, all that matters is protecting [Lightfoot’s] castle.”
Catanzara also shed light to the fact that Lightfoot’s protection comes at the cost of public safety, as the officers are pulled from regular duty in order to serve her.
“We have members that are assigned to districts that desperately need manpower, and we’re taking them out of there for this? It doesn’t make any sense,” he said.
Another spot of contention between Lightfoot and Catanzara revolved around vaccine mandates, where the Chicago governor accused the Fraternal Order of Police of attempting to “induce an insurrection” over the issue.
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Rules Not For Me
The mayor has also been accused of playing favorites when it comes to the city’s lockdown rules.
For example, while regular Chicagoans were forced to shutter their businesses during the pandemic, Lightfoot’s husband was able to keep his hair salon open – in violation of her own orders.
Dagen McDowell of Fox Business had this to say about the Chicago police crisis back in September:
“It’s very difficult to reverse harm done by the demonization of law enforcement officers. The demonization has the same effect as defunding the police departments in the sense of it makes it difficult for police officers to do their jobs.”
McDowell added, “it discourages good people from joining [police] forces across the country and caused a wave of retirements across the country in the last year and a half or so.”
In recent news, Lightfoot has reversed her defund the police advocacy, now saying she wants to increase funding for the Chicago Police Department by $170 million.
Too little or too late? One thing is for certain, Lightfoot has no clear plans or strategy for curbing this declining moral in her police force amid a city surging in crime.
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Rules Not For Me