‘Don’t demonize them’: Chicago’s new mayor-elect says it’s ‘not constructive’ to vilify group of rowdy teens that torched cars in rampage organized on social media – but condemned the chaotic takeover
- Chicago’s mayor-elect says he does not condone violence carried out by teens Saturday night but that the city should not vilify the group
- Rowdy teens torched cars and got into fights before gunfire ended Saturday
- Two teenage boys, 16 and 17, were reported shot but in stable condition
By Hope Sloop and Vanessa Serna and James Gordon For Dailymail.com
Published: 01:33 EDT, 17 April 2023 | Updated: 08:04 EDT, 17 April 2023
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Chicago’s mayor-elect says the city should not demonize the teens who organized a ‘Teen Takeover’ of the Loop over the weekend, even after the event turned violent with cars burnt cars and minors shot. Brandon Johnson, 47, said Sunday he does not ‘condone the destructive activity’ and that it’s ‘unacceptable and has no place’ in Chicago, but that it should not be used as a way to vilify the group. ‘However, it is not constructive to demonize youth who have otherwise been starved of opportunities in their own communities,’ said Johnson, a progressive Democrat. Shocking footage showed some teenagers jumping on top of a bus while others started a massive brawl after descending on Millennium Park and attempting to breach barricades. Gunshots rang out with some rounds striking two teenage boys aged 16 and 17. Cars were also left vandalized near East Washington Street in the Windy City, including a Tesla which is worth about $120,000.
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Sorry, but I disagree. This is behavior that should be demonized and punished severely.
These were criminals and thugs rioting.
“Law and Order” is a joke in these Democratic cities.
But for a Good Samaritan, this couple could have been killed and the police obviously weren’t interested in helping.