Chicago Mayor’s ‘Fort Lori’ Strains Police Resources
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
Protestors may be able to hound and harass residents and politicians in a number of cities. But at least one city block in Chicago is off-limits: the block where Mayor Lori Lightfoot lives.
According to the Chicago Tribune, police have “effectively banned protestors” from Lightfoot’s neighborhood and will arrest anyone who “refuses to leave.”
Neighbors have dubbed the area “Fort Lori” because security measures make it “so hard to get in and out.”
Lightfoot makes no apologies for the security, saying:
“Given the threats that I have personally received. Given the threats to my home and my family, I’m gonna do everything to make sure that they are protected. I make no apologies whatsoever for that,” the mayor said.
“I’ve talked to my fellow mayors across the country and, seeing the kind of things that have been done to them and their family members, I’m not gonna have that happen. That’s not what my wife and my child signed up for. It’s not what my neighbors signed up for. We have a right in our home to live in peace.”
Police have complained that the demands of providing security for Lightfoot are compromising resources:
Police sources in the Shakespeare district say it has frequently been undermanned because so many officers from the district have been assigned to Lightfoot’s home. Officers from other districts have been brought in to cover for those manpower shortages in the Shakespeare district…”
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