Report: 'Caravans' of Looters Drove Into Downtown Chicago

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

(Newser) – "We are waking up in shock this morning," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said of the unrest and looting that plagued part of downtown in the wee hours of Monday. She referred to the damage done as "straight-up felony criminal conduct" that was totally unrelated to the "righteous uprising" that happened in the wake of George Floyd's death. As earlier reported, the genesis of the looting seems to be a Sunday afternoon shooting in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. Police responding to reports of an armed man said they shot and struck a 20-year-old who had fired at officers. He is expected to survive, but Police Superintendent David Brown says social media posts emerged that advocated looting, reports CBS Chicago, with the Chicago Tribune adding that some of the posts claimed the suspect who was shot was 15 years old. "Tempers flared, fueled by misinformation as the afternoon turned into evening," says Brown. "That grew and grew into the late-night hours." More:

  • CBS Chicago describes "caravans of cars" streaming into downtown, with looters bringing with them boxes of rocks and bricks. Brown says 13 responding officers were injured, with one suffering a broken nose.

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