Ousted Mayor Lori Lightfoot Calls on Democrat Mayors to Address Growing Crime in their Cities
Written by A.M. Ray aka Jamm on April 24, 2023
Ousted Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, has called on Democrat mayors to address the growing crime rates in their cities. Lightfoot made this call while speaking on a panel at the African American Mayors Association Conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday.
Lightfoot urged Democrats to speak the truth about violent crime in their cities, stating that failure to do so would make things worse. She went on to say that as a former federal prosecutor and defense attorney, and as the sister of a returning resident, she knows that there are people in Chicago who are wreaking havoc every day and need to be off the streets.
According to Lightfoot, the criminal justice system needs to care about victims and witnesses, and they need to call out prosecutors and judges who do not care. She also spoke about the consequences of allowing criminals to walk free after committing violent crimes, stating that it sends the message that the criminal justice system does not care about victims and witnesses.
Lightfoot’s comments come as she is about to leave her post as Chicago’s mayor. Crime rates have soared during her time in office, and this played a central role in the recent mayoral election.
Meanwhile, Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson has warned against vilifying youth while condemning the “Teen Takeover” of the Loop over the weekend. Hundreds of young people descended on the downtown area for two nights in a row, resulting in chaos and two teenagers being shot.
Johnson, a progressive, has called on the city to create safe spaces for youth to gather under adult guidance and supervision to ensure that every part of the city remains welcome for both residents and visitors.
Lightfoot’s call to Democrat mayors to address growing crime rates in their cities is a timely reminder that the criminal justice system needs to be more proactive in protecting victims and witnesses. It is also important to create safe spaces for youth to prevent them from engaging in destructive activities.