A BLACK Lives Matter activist at a rally outside of a police station on Monday justified widespread looting in Chicago as “reparations” because the ransacked stores “have insurance.”
The rally held by Black Lives Matter Chicago outside the South Loop police station occurred after a chaotic night and morning of more than 100 arrests, 13 police officer injuries and at least $60 million worth of property damage.
“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats, that makes sure that person has clothes,” Black Lives Matter organizer Ariel Atkins said, according to NBC Chicago.
Atkins added: “That is reparations.”
"Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance,” she said.
The unrest broke out after police responded to a call on Sunday of a man with a gun in Englewood who fired shots at them before being struck and hospitalized.
A video posted on Facebook that evening incorrectly claimed that the cops fatally shot a 15-year-old boy, which led to hundreds of people protesting in downtown Chicago and then looting the Miracle Mile early on Monday.
However, the person shot was 20-year-old Latrell Allen, and he was charged with attempted murder on Monday.
At the rally, Atkins disagreed with the police officers’ conduct.
“Police say a lot of things,” Atkins said.
“Even though the Department of Justice said with the consent decree they are no longer allowed to chase people, they decided they were going to chase, and they shot this young man multiple times.”
Earlier on Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned that law enforcement officials were already looking through high-definition surveillance footage and that looters would face consequences.
“Let's be clear. We are coming for you. We are already at work finding you,” Lightfoot said.
“I don't care—I do not care—whatever justification was given for this. There is no justification for criminal behavior ever. You have no right to take and destroy the property of others.”
Lightfoot added that Chicago residents “deserve to be safe” and businesses deserve to “enjoy safety and security.”
But Black Lives Matter Chicago criticized Lightfoot in a statement obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
“The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the [Chicago Police Department] is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in,” the statement read.
Black Lives Matter protests emerged across the country after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on the neck of black man George Floyd in late May, leading to his death.
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