Developing news right now, for the past hours before dusk broke, looters and protesters are seen casing the City of Chicago. Lighting stores on fire, from Neiman Marcus to 711 not one establishment in the city's downtown loop is safe from the looters' wrath.
Police are heard over the air calling for backup while being surrounded by demonstrators. Protesters witnessed hitting police officers and throwing them to the ground. The Chicago Police Department is overwhelmed and cannot contain the chaos. They are passing on calls for the Nike store downtown being robbed as well as the Bank of America getting its windows broken by armed gunmen.
Injured civilians are being called over the radios and police cannot help, they must keep moving to attempt to keep control. "About 90-100 people are approaching me now," as one cop is heard fearing for his life. The dispatchers are trying to keep up with all of the calls in an area that is normally docile during the day and night. The downtown loop section is not known for violence, and is typically quiet after all of the businesses close down after 6pm.
The pressure has mounted with police violence for many years. While a very small minority of police officers are at fault, today's surveillance network of cameras on buildings and on cellphones has increased the exposure of these heinous acts of injustice. Even compared to just a few years ago, more and more security cameras are present on store property and state buildings. With bodycams on police officers being commonplace today, this provides yet another angle of exactly what is going on during a police officer's typical patrol.
With much fragility existing since March in our Covid-19 times, many were already feeling oppressed with face mask mandates and stay-at-home orders. Combine that with the atrocities of police-induced violence, summer warm weather, and nearly half of the population unemployed; ladies and gentlemen there you have a perfect storm.
We trust in our police force for safety and security, and they have felt the pressure lately too. With many police officers feeling uncomfortable with enforcing face mask requirements and "gestapo" type restrictions coming down from the state government, they felt they had less control and uneasiness with enforcing rules that they did not believe in themselves, that technically were not laws.
This civil unrest has unraveled itself from a multitude of contributing factors, and will continue to mount unless the larger important matters are brought to light. Many are looking for answers when there are little given. Many are looking for justice, when none is found. Law and order comes from cooperation, understanding, and a RESPECT for the laws of the land. If the laws of the land only apply to select individuals and not the majority, that's called oppression and people will speak out (and act out) against their oppressor.
Who will bring respect back to our great country? A true leader that can bridge the divide, not push the divide even further. We are united, not divided. Where there is chaos, there is great opportunity for change. With a new great leader, despite your political affiliation, people will begin to listen and move towards resolution. As Americans, we choose our leader, not the other way around. Its time We the People reveal our new leadership to guide us from civil disobedience to peace and prosperity.