Chicago Mayor Takes Down Columbus Statues as BLM Targets Her Home
Written by Luis Miguel
Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated outside the home of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday evening, calling for defunding the police even as Lightfoot’s administration carried out the removal of two Christopher Columbus statues that have been targeted by BLM agitators in recent days.
The protesters were voicing their opposition to news that the mayor had a phone call with President Donald Trump in which they discussed the White House’s plans to send 200 federal officers to the city to work with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) rein in rising violence and anarchy on the streets.
The president “reached out to Mayor Lightfoot this evening to confirm that he plans to send federal resources to Chicago to supplement ongoing federal investigations pertaining to violent crime. The conversation was brief and straightforward,” the mayor’s office said a statement, according to the Sun-Times. “Mayor Lightfoot maintains that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Attorney’s office.”
“The Mayor has made clear that if there is any deviation from what has been announced, we will pursue all available legal options to protect Chicagoans.”
At one point during the demonstration, the protesters called on Lightfoot to come out of her home, shouting “Where’s Lori? Get your a** up out the house.”
Mayor Lightfoot had previously told the president to keep federal officers out of Chicago.
However, her opposition diminished as violence in the city has escalated. The same night Lightfoot tweeted that she would not allow “Donald Trump’s troops” in Chicago, 15 were wounded at a gang-related shooting at a funeral home.
The protest at the mayor’s house assumed the name “The Logan Square Lockdown.” Participants celebrated at the news that Lightoot ordered the removal of the Columbus statues, which were taken down Thursday night under the cover of darkness.
“The Europeans came here to colonize, and Christianize, and commit massive killing, and they brought disease, and they killed our culture,” said Lisa Hamidani, a Chicago resident who supported the statues’ removal.
One of the statues was in Grant Park. This was the same place where a mob of Black Lives Matter agitators attacked a group of police guarding the statue, hurling objects like sharpened PVC pipes, frozen water bottles, and fireworks at the officers.
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd), a member of the Chicago City Council’s Progressive Caucus, and one of six self-proclaimed Democratic Socialists on the council, said the Grant Park statue came down thanks to the BLM movement.
But the removal of the other Columbus statue, situated in the city’s Little Italy, was received with disappointment from locals. It was built in 1892 to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage to the New World.
Pasquale Gianni of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans called the statue’s removal “disheartening.”
“These are where the statues belong, in their communities,” he said.
The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans said they weren’t consulted and want answers about when the statues will be returned.
According to Mayor Lightfoot, the statues have only been taken down “temporarily” to protect them until unrest blows over.
The administration is sending federal officers to various cities under Operation Legend, launched earlier this month by Attorney General Barr as a response to uprisings.
Under the program, FBI officials, U.S. Marshals, DEA, ATF, and officers from other agencies will be “loaned” to the DOJ to assist peacekeeping in their assigned area. The name “Legend” comes from LeGend Taliferro, a four-year-old boy who was fatally shot last month while sleeping in his Kansas City apartment.
Agents will be sent to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chicago, and other cities, largely Democrat-run ones.
The initiative has received criticism from the Left. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned the president not to send the feds to his city.
“It’s dangerous,” de Blasio said, arguing that the White House is setting a “dangerous precedent of sending in federal officials” and “doing work they should not be doing.”
“We can’t allow it here in New York City or anywhere else,” the mayor added. “I want to be very, very clear, that we will not allow this to happen.”
“Perhaps no citizens have suffered more from the menace of violent crime than the wonderful people of Chicago, a city I know very well,” President Trump said this week in announcing the deployment of officers to the Windy City.
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American