Chicago Criminals Celebrate New Progressive Mayor
On April 4, Chicago voters doubled down on woke criminal justice reform by electing Brandon Johnson as Mayor. Out-of-control crime has been the city’s leading policy issue for several years, with most believing that former Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s defeat was due to her failure to effectively address it. Johnson’s recently-announced policies are even more anti-law enforcement than hers. He is erasing the street gang database that has helped police identify violent offenders, calling it racist. The Sun Times reports that instead of filling the hundreds of vacancies in the Chicago PD, Johnson is closing down police stations and wants to hire non-police “trained professionals” to respond to 911 calls. He had vowed to address the root causes of crime (poverty, housing, education) rather than aggressively going after the criminals. Last weekend, the criminals responded by shooting 35 people with 8 fatalities. Two of the victims were shot when hundreds of teens took over the Millennium Park area, smashing windows and setting cars on fire. The previous weekend 20 people were shot with three fatalities. It looks like the open season in Chicago will continue.