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Report: 'Caravans' of Looters Drove Into Downtown Chicago - Page 2

More than 100 alleged looters were arrested by 9am
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2020 12:45 PM CDT

  • The bridges spanning the Chicago River downtown were briefly raised, some bus and train lines were temporarily halted, and more than 100 arrests were made by 9am, reports the Tribune, with investigators poring over surveillance footage in hopes of identifying more looters.
  • The New York Times describes the aftermath: "Business owners began to pick through the damage: cash registers overturned in a pharmacy, windows broken at high-end stores, empty boxes scattered outside a jewelry store."
  • The Tribune reports criticism is being hurled at the city as well, largely over the fact that it took officers four hours to contain the situation. The paper flags the reaction of Downtown Ald. Brian Hopkins, who says he was on the scene on Michigan Avenue from midnight to 4am and faulted Lightfoot for apparently not creating a looting response plan after it occurred in May and June.
  • The Sun-Times has more from Lightfoot, who spoke at a Monday press conference from police headquarters: "Criminals took to the streets with the confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions. You have no right, no right to take and destroy the property of others. We are coming for you. ... I don’t care what justification was given for this. There is no justification."
  • Restrictions will be in place downtown from 8pm until 6am beginning Monday night.
(Read more Chicago stories.)

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