Marauding gang of teens robbing people ‘at all hours’ in Chicago while Lightfoot remains silent

Chicago police have warned of a marauding group of youngsters behind a spree of robberies and assaults in downtown – while Mayor Lori Lightfoot remains largely silent on the town’s crime drawback after clashing with cops over the capturing dying of officer Ella French. 

Police reported a string of six robberies in the downtown space over the previous three days in which a bunch of as much as ten youngsters, who’re believed to vary in age from 12 to 19 years previous, surrounded their victims, beat them and demanded they hand over their belongings.

The assaults seem to come back at all hours, starting from late in the afternoon to early in the morning. 

So far, Lightfoot’s workplace has remained silent on the assaults, and didn’t return a Daily Mail request for remark. 

Police reported six attacks in the three-day period by groups of up to 12 teenagers in the city's downtown area (pictured). In two instances the victims required hospitalization

Police reported six assaults in the three-day interval by teams of as much as 12 youngsters in the town’s downtown space (pictured). In two situations the victims required hospitalization 

Despite a string of robberies by a band teenagers in downtown Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has remained largely silent amid her ongoing feud with city police

Despite a string of robberies by a band youngsters in downtown Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has remained largely silent amid her ongoing feud with metropolis police

The first and most critical assault in the collection came about on Friday at round 11.30am, when a 23-year-old girl and 26-year-old man have been assailed by a bunch of about 5 to seven teen ladies and boys.

When they refused at hand over their belongings they started punching and kicking the 2. After the girl was taken to a hospital for a head and was listed in essential situation. 

Others included two separate robberies on Saturday night that came about at 5.23pm and eight.30pm respectively.  

Then at round 1am on Monday, the teens surrounded a girl, took out a BB gun and beat her over the top with it, injuring her critically sufficient to require hospitalization. 

Police arrested six teens alleged to have been concerned in the BB gun assault, however have linked the assault to others, in which teams of as much as 12 assailants have been concerned.

And simply hours later, at 8.37am, one other theft came about, police stated, in which 12 teens took a 40-year-old man’s groceries and bicycle.  

They got here as theft, murders, capturing incidents and sexual assaults are all up in the town, in accordance with police statistics.

Thefts are up 9 % over the identical interval final 12 months, with 6,997 recorded in 2021 in comparison with 6397 in 2020. 

The robberies come as crime has risen in multiple categories across the city. Overall crime, however, is down

The robberies come as crime has risen in a number of classes throughout the town. Overall crime, nonetheless, is down

Murders in the meantime noticed a 3 % bounce, with 489 recorded thus far in 2021 in comparison with 476 in the identical interval final 12 months. 

Shootings additionally jumped with 2,176 recorded in 2021 in comparison with 1936 final 12 months, a 12 % enhance.

Rapes noticed essentially the most dramatic spike of 22 %, with 1,269 recorded in 2021 in comparison with 1,038 final 12 months. 

Overall crime, nonetheless, is down six %.  

Meanwhile Lightfoot, who has beforehand supported efforts to defund the police, has been in an ongoing feud with officers in the town over the previous week in the aftermath of the on-duty killing of officer Ella French final Saturday. 

On Thursday night time Lightfoot mispronounced French’s title, with the mayor mistakenly calling her ‘Ella Franks’ Thursday night time.

Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown referred to slain police officer Ella French as 'Ella Fitzgerald' twice earlier this week.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called Ella French - a city police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty - 'Ella Franks'

Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown (left) and Mayor Lori Lightfoot referred to slain police officer Ella French as ‘Ella Fitzgerald’ and ‘Ella Franks’, respectively

That got here in addition to gaffes by Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown, who referred to as her ‘Ella Fitzgerald’ twice earlier this week. 

That’s on prime of Lightfoot denying French an honor guard bagpipe procession from the hospital to the morgue, a customary and symbolic act of respect for an officer killed in the road of obligation.  

French, 29, was gunned down in a shootout while conducting what appeared like a routine visitors cease on Saturday. 

Her companion, who has not been named, was wounded however survived. 

After French was pronounced lifeless on the hospital final Saturday night time, French’s physique was transported by ambulance to the medical expert’s workplace, and fellow officers have been ready to line the streets and play the bagpipes.  

Chicago Police Officer Ella French, pictured, was shot dead on Saturday in the line of duty

Chicago Police Officer Ella French, pictured, was shot lifeless on Saturday in the road of obligation 

Two hundred cops turned out to honor French at a prayer vigil on Tuesday after being 'banned' from holding the procession

Two hundred cops turned out to honor French at a prayer vigil on Tuesday after being ‘banned’ from holding the procession 

But First Deputy Police Supt. Eric Carter banned it.  

He informed the EMTs driving the ambulance to hold on straight to the medical expert’s workplace for the post-mortem to be carried out, saying: ‘We haven’t got 20 minutes for this s**t.’ 

That identical night time, Lightfoot confirmed up on the hospital to supply her help to the households of French and her wounded companion. 

Cops who have been nonetheless there turned their backs on her when she arrived and there have been studies that the mayor pressured her method into the power. 

 ‘There was — let me select my phrases fastidiously — well-meaning however not well-organized group that wished to hijack the procession, which might have meant that the household would have been delayed exponentially in attending to the morgue

On Wednesday, Lightfoot held a press convention to disclaim that declare and to additionally accuse the cops who wished to carry out the respect guard of ‘hijacking’ the night time and depriving French’s household of an important window of time to see her physique earlier than the post-mortem was carried out. 

She additionally railed towards the journalists current, accusing them of asking her ‘offensive’ questions on forcing her method into the hospital and accusing them of ‘mining from the underside of the chum barrel’ and producing ‘sickening’ studies that criticized her.  

‘There was no official honor guard that night time. 

‘There was — let me select my phrases fastidiously — well-meaning however not well-organized group that wished to hijack the procession, which might have meant that the household would have been delayed exponentially in attending to the morgue. 

‘And once more, given the brand new restrictions that the brand new coroner has put in place, that would not have been truthful to them they usually could have misplaced an essential window of time

‘So the decision was made, underneath these circumstances, to deal with the household. 

‘Eric Carter made the suitable name. I help what he did and I’m horrified that in this second people are attempting to savage him for no matter agenda or goal,’ Lightfoot stated. 

She then fumed on the media and informed them they have been utilizing unreliable sources. 

‘I’d simply warning you all. Be cautious. Be cautious. Check your sources. Make positive they’re correct. Get the suitable context. Because I do know firsthand, it is actually exhausting when the media turns into ferocious in propagating a narrative that is simply not true.’ 

Lightfoot then acquired indignant when a journalist requested her if she’d pressured her method into the hospital. 

‘I do not power my method anyplace. And that is offensive, frankly, that you’d ask me that query. 

‘I simply sat right here and talked about the truth that we have got to be actually cautious and it’s a must to be actually cautious in your reporting and be accountable. And you simply hold lobbing this nonsense that is offensive and insulting and actually does a disservice to the second that we’re in.’

She questioned why it is acceptable ‘for people to have interaction in such nasty, vicious discuss’ after which have it ‘repeated by media as whether it is truth and true.’

‘People really feel like it’s their proper to spew hatred at everybody that they do not agree with or make enjoyable and mock, often anonymously and cowardly from social media. 

Eric Morgan is pictured during the traffic stop in the new body worn camera footage

Eric Morgan is pictured throughout the visitors cease in the brand new physique worn digital camera footage

Eric Morgan, 22, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice

Emonte 'Monty' Morgan, 21, is charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon

The Morgan brothers have been stated to have been driving with expired license plates, prompting police to tug them over. They have been charged in connection to French’s killing

‘I believe our media performs an important position in our democracy, however you lose me, you lose me when it is a race to the underside and it is all concerning the combat and it is all concerning the battle.

‘I’ve acquired to let you know, some of the reporting I’ve seen this week is simply sickening. 

‘We all must ask ourselves what we will do higher to point out our people in all places that we’ve got the capability to be human beings once more.’ 

‘Give me a break. What else are you going to mine from the underside of the chum barrel? Come on. You’re higher than that. You’re higher than that. You’re higher than that,’ she stated. 

Chicago police union boss John Catanzara informed Fox News that Lightfoot needed to shoulder some of the blame for French’s dying. 

Two brothers – Emonte Morgan, 21, and his brother Eric, 22, have been arrested and charged after French, 29, was shot lifeless and her companion was critically injured throughout a routine visitors cease on Saturday.

Lightfoot arrived on the University of Chicago Medical Center shortly after the capturing, the place dozens of cops turned their backs when she greeted them. French’s companion remains in essential situation on the hospital. 

The father of the injured officer, who has not been named, reportedly informed Lightfoot when she went to the hospital that ‘there’s blood on her arms.’

On Wednesday, Lightfoot held a press conference to deny that claim and to also accuse the cops who wanted to perform the honor guard of 'hijacking' the night

On Wednesday, Lightfoot held a press convention to disclaim that declare and to additionally accuse the cops who wished to carry out the respect guard of ‘hijacking’ the night time

A former prime police official has slammed the Chicago Police Department after it was revealed {that a} ‘sacred’ ritual was skipped after the capturing dying of Ella French over time issues. 

Garry McCarthy, the division’s former superintendent, informed Fox News that officers ‘really feel underneath assault by politicians’ after French’s physique was taken on to the medical expert’s workplace for her post-mortem and not using a guard of honor.

He claimed they averted drawing their weapons to honor their fallen colleague – as is custom – over fears they’d need to file a report for doing so, as half of new police reform legal guidelines.   

The Emerald Society, an Irish-American fraternal group for members who most frequently come from regulation enforcement, had gathered exterior the medical expert’s workplace to play ceremonial bagpipes for her remaining send-off. 

Garry McCarthy, the department's former superintendent, said Chicago cops 'feel under attack' from politicians like Lightfoot, who wanted to defund the police last summer despite soaring gun crime in the city

Garry McCarthy, the division’s former superintendent, stated Chicago cops ‘really feel underneath assault’ from politicians like Lightfoot, who wished to defund the police final summer season regardless of hovering gun crime in the town 

Chicago police and different officers labored swiftly to arrest three suspects after French’s dying, although expenses haven’t but been filed.

French was the primary Windy City officer to be fatally shot in the road of obligation in virtually two years, and the first feminine cop shot to dying in the road of obligation since 1988.

Still, McCarthy blasted the division for skipping the procession – which he referred to as an ‘inexcusable’ affront to cops in the town, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. 

 ‘The officers right here in CPD and possibly throughout the nation … really feel underneath assault by politicians and the general public. Most of them really feel like they are not being supported by their management

Garry McCarthy, the division’s former superintendent

‘The officers right here in CPD and possibly throughout the nation … really feel underneath assault by politicians and the general public. Most of them really feel like they are not being supported by their management,’ he stated.

He added: ‘It’s so essential, the sacred nature of rituals, actually inside policing.’  

‘If there’s an excuse for what occurred, then perhaps, , Eric ought to discuss it publicly himself,’ he stated. 

McCarthy stated that officers additionally didn’t draw their weapons, as historically practiced after the dying of a colleague. He blamed the skipping of that custom on attainable police reform measures.

‘That’s most likely the end result of a coverage that was put in place for each time you draw your weapon, it’s a must to do a report about it. Policing is solely underneath assault, and that is why we’ve got a 100% enhance in the homicide price,’ McCarthy stated. 

‘There’s at all times sufficient time. Let’s put it that method. If we needed to wait two or three days, I’d have accomplished it,’ he stated.