Congressman Livid After Report That Chicago Police 'Lounged' in His Campaign Office While Neighborhood Was Looted
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have come out in recent weeks to protest the murder of George Floyd by police and the epidemic of police brutality against Black Americans.
While some of these protests turned violent, the vast majority of demonstrations have been peaceful.
That hasn't stopped President Donald Trump and his allies from emphasizing the protests that experienced unrest, referring to them as "thugs" on Twitter. They lamented the destruction of property and the breaking of windows.
But another break-in during the protests has gone largely unpublicized.
Chicago Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) discovered on Thursday that as protests and looting occurred throughout the city, 13 police officers broke into his office, where they began eating his food and sleeping.
Thirteen Chicago police officers lounged and slept in the congressional campaign office of US Rep. Bobby Rush on Ju… https://t.co/BBkfiR0tRN— CNN Tonight (@CNN Tonight)1591935460.0
Rush and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot were outraged that the officers would break into a congressional office for use as a recreation room while chaos ensued in Chicago.
Calling the incident a "personal embarrassment," Lightfoot said:
"I can tell you one thing for certain -- not one of these officers will be allowed to hide behind the badge and go on and act like nothing ever happened. Not anymore. Not in my city, not in your city."
Rush was outraged as well:
"They even had the unmitigated gall to go and make coffee for themselves and to pop popcorn -- my popcorn -- in my microwave, while looters were tearing apart businesses within their sight, within their reach."
They were far from the only ones livid at the situation:
@kylegriffin1 I mean, come on. This is insane. https://t.co/wKwCeITsV2— Mike Beauvais (@Mike Beauvais)1591901181.0
@kylegriffin1 Is making popcorn and coffee in a burglarized office how the police collect evidence?— Laurence (Larry) Boorstein (@Laurence (Larry) Boorstein)1591902425.0
@kylegriffin1 Protected and served the popcorn and coffee apparently....Don't need guns or flakjackets to do that..… https://t.co/L4sSc5HLEL— Piece DeResistance (@Piece DeResistance)1591903880.0
@kylegriffin1 Wow.— Karma’s Sister ☮️ (@Karma’s Sister ☮️)1591918097.0
@kylegriffin1 So many ethics violations— so, when y'all kneel, it's okay? (@so, when y'all kneel, it's okay?)1591919808.0
People are calling for the officers to be fired.
@kylegriffin1 @maggieNYT Hope they enjoyed their former jobs.— Jack B. Nimble (@Jack B. Nimble)1591909771.0
@kylegriffin1 They better be losing their jobs. And be arrested for destruction of property.— tibbi (@tibbi)1591903640.0
@kylegriffin1 They should be arrested and charged like anyone else caught burglarizing.— Jack Straw (@Jack Straw)1591913350.0