Looting in several stores began around midnight Sunday in the shopping district and in other parts of downtown and took about four hours for police to contain. Authorities said 13 officers were injured, and a civilian and a private security guard were wounded by gunfire.
At one point, authorities ordered several bridges over the Chicago River to be raised to restrict access into downtown, and blocked some expressway ramps into the area before restoring regular access Monday morning, reports Chicago radio station WBEZ.
The clash comes amid President Trump's repeated criticisms of the mayor and her handling of violence in Chicago, to which his administration recently sent more federal agents.
The organization Black Lives Matter Chicago responded to the events by also criticizing Lightfoot.
“In a predictable and unfortunate move, she did not take this time to criticize her officers for shooting yet another Black man,” the organization said in statement, reports the Tribune. “Lightfoot instead spent her time attacking ‘looters.’ 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 CPD is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in.”
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