Brandon Johnson, who was hand-picked to be Chicago mayor by the city’s public employee unions, doesn’t take office for another month. But the city already looks like its becoming unglued.
Over the weekend, hundreds of thugs rampaged through downtown Chicago, breaking into businesses and Millennium Park, and setting fires. They shot two people.
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The city’s growing lawlessness can be traced in part to a bill ending bail for many crimes, putting more criminal suspects on the streets. If they fail to appear in court, a warrant for their arrest now becomes a simple summons to appear – that they then ignore.
Johnson was echoed by Robert Peters, the chair of the Illinois State Senate’s Black Caucus. He tweeted that “I would look at the behavior of young people as a political act and statement. It’s a mass protest against poverty and segregation.”
We fear that it will be a long, hot summer in Chicago.