Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the recent plunder in downtown Chicago was “organized crime.”
Hundreds of looters – described by officials as “caravans” – who entered the Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast and Irving North neighborhoods of Chicago on Sunday night through Thursday morning The two were part of “a planned attack,” Lightfoot told TIME. The interview was published on Wednesday.
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“When people showed up on Michigan Avenue in the downtown area with U-Haul vans and cargo tanks, and sophisticated equipment for metal cutting, methods were used and Its spinning speed, ”Lightfoot told the store,”; It wasn’t any spontaneous reaction. “
More than 100 people have been arrested to date as a result of the raid. Police said in a news conference on Monday that officials believed the events were prompted by a police-related shooting in Englewood earlier in the day.
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At the scene of the Englewood shooting, “anger was flared by misinformation as afternoon turned evening,” Chicago Police Director David Brown said at the time. Misinformation included a shot child and an injured man lying on the ground when police shot him, according to several earlier reports.
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Police later uncovered social media posts encouraging looting in the city center, officials said on Monday.
“Certainly, there are people who have joined for a lot of different reasons and have certainly been driven by social media posts that encourage people to come to the city center,” Lightfoot told TIME. “But at the core of what happened – it was organized crime … It was a planned attack.”
Earlier this week, a U-Haul spokesperson told Fox News that the company’s equipment is designed and intended for everyone to use while moving around in residential areas. Currently the company is working with the authorities.
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“Customers using our equipment are expected [to] comply with local, state and federal laws. Any violation of these laws is a violation of customer contracts and our policies, ”the spokesperson said in an email. “U-Haul uses a powerful investigative unit that works closely with law enforcement to see if individuals involved in criminal activities related to our equipment will be arrested and brought out. Justice.”