Chaos erupted in Chicago over the weekend as a violent mob attacked six police vehicles as crime continues to run out of control in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s city.
The cop cars were damaged by a brazen pack of thugs jumping on vehicles and throwing heavy objects at police officers who were trying to break up an illegal drag race.
“I heard it in my apartment just down the block, like, around 2 am,” said Molly Rippert, a West Loop resident.
“We’re the part of the town that’s pretty sleepy at night. So, for this kind of commotion to happen at 2 a.m., we knew something was up.”
“When the cops tried to break it up, it moved over to where I live, which is close to Racine and Washington,” said Abigail Shreve, a West Loop resident.
“I hope that leadership will step in and actually hold people accountable.”
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) issued a statement on Twitter that said:
“Illegal drag racing & drifting is dangerous to drivers & spectators. Now it can also be very expensive.
“Chicago recently passed an ordinance that carries a new amendment, meaning that if you get away, it doesn’t mean you got away & your vehicle could be impounded at a later date.
“Along with the possibility of the vehicle being impounded, the vehicle’s owner could face up to a $10,000 fine for illegal drag racing or drifting.”
One Twitter used responded:
“Paper tiger as long as Lightfoot runs the show.”
Welcome to Woke City!
— Back The Blue (@ChicagoPD19) August 28, 2022
According to CWB:
Sideshows closed intersections from the West Loop to near Chinatown to near Midway Airport and beyond.
Participants jumped on squad cars, threw rocks and other objects at cops, and, not surprisingly, many obstructed their license plates, making the city’s threat of delayed enforcement moot.
A CPD spokesperson said six squad cars were damaged, and an 18-year-old was cited for obstruction of a rear license plate.
His vehicle was also impounded. Police are also investigating possible connections between the sideshows and a fatal crash on the 6400 block of South Cicero.
Some incidents were shared on social media, a few of which are linked below. The videos showed one arrest being made but far more damage being done.
Pure unadulterated, uncontrolled savagery on full display.
This is #Chicago
— 16th & 17th District Chicago Police Scanner (@CPD1617Scanner) August 28, 2022
CPD actually came through deep at some point during the night. pic.twitter.com/dKXK8tl1Ya
— CHICAGO CRITTER (@ChicagoCritter) August 28, 2022