Chicago suffered its most violent Sunday in 60 years with 18 murders on May 31, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab reported by the Chicago Sun-Times which only traces crime back to 1961.
The Midwestern city hit the somber milestone as another round of ruthless rioting hit the streets following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody which sparked the worst outbreak of nationwide civil unrest in decades.
Chicago saw seven murders between May 29-30, bringing the weekend total 25 making it the deadliest weekend in the city’s modern history, which had already struggled to shed an international reputation for its rampant crime, according to the Sun-Times.
As lawmakers confronted its latest epidemic of violence to grip the community, leaked audio from a May 31 conference call between the mayor and 50 alderman shows the meeting escalated into a profanity-laced shouting match. One alderman demanded answers on how the city was caught so unprepared and responded so poorly to riots, allowing businesses to go up in flames.
“When downtown is in lockdown, our neighborhoods are next, and our failure to fully get ready for what’s going on in the neighborhoods, we’re seeing this destruction, and we’re thinking that it’s going to somehow end tonight. We have seen where, in other cities, this has gone on for days; and we need to come up with a better plan for days, at least for the next five days, to try to stabilize our communities,” Alderman Raymond Lopez told Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Once they’re done looting and rioting and whatever’s going to happen tonight, God help us, what happens when they start going after residents? Going into neighborhoods?”
When Lightfoot tried to blow the alderman off with, “next question,” Lopez stopped her and demanded an answer.
“You commented on everybody, I want an answer,” Lopez said on the call with 50 alderman in a recording obtained by WTTW News. “That’s not something you ignore.”
“I think you’re 100 percent full of s**t,” Lightfoot responded.
“Well f*** you then,” Lopez said back. “Who are you to tell me I’m full of s**t?”
Lightfoot said Lopez’s rant was “one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard.”
“Mayor, you need to check your f*****g” attitude,” Lopez charged followed by the rest of the callers trying to step in and diffuse the situation over the phone.
Chicago’s unrest comes as calls grow nationwide to “defund police” from Black Lives Matter activists opening the door for anarchy to cement its place in a rapidly deteriorating society. Minneapolis became the first major U.S. city to heed to the demands of Black Lives Matter with city council declaring Sunday it had a veto-proof majority to dismantle its police force.
When asked on CNN to respond to resident fears of the inevitable chaos that would ensue in the absence of law enforcement, Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said individuals with such concerns ought to check their “privilege.”