Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot confirmed Thursday that, though she “unequivocally support[s] and will always fight for the rights of individuals to peacefully protest on any issue,” this support doesn’t extend to people protesting in her neighborhood.
The confirmation came after the Chicago Tribune ran a bombshell report revealing that the Chicago Police Department has been blocking so-called “protesters” (or rioters, rather) from entering the mayor’s upscale neighborhood since at least July.
“The directive surfaced in a July email. … It did not distinguish between the peaceful protesters Lightfoot regularly says she supports and those who might intend to be destructive, but ordered that after a warning is given to demonstrators, ‘It should be locked down,’” the Tribune reported.
“As recently as Friday, dozens of protesters were turned away from the block after trying to march to the mayor’s house in support of local school councils voting Chicago police off their campuses. Barricades can be seen set aside for quick deployment even on days without demonstrations.”
Questioned later Thursday afternoon about the seemingly hypocritical directive, the mayor argued said that she, unlike the peasants, is special.