By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, George Floyd protests in Chicago as seen on ABC7 broadcast.
Chicago reopens access to the Loop and downtown area. This was reported by ABC 7 on Wednesday, June 3 at 7:02am. ABC7 cited Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as their source. Lighfoot made a statement late on Tuesday that the Central Business District would be restored to operations to prepare the city for the reopening process on June 3. This will include even raising the bridges over the Chicago River. Lightfoot has announced that the city would begin removing road closures as of Wednesday afternoon.
In preparation for the reopening process, Lightfoot addressed the city in a teleconference message.
“We will clean up these broken windows. But we can’t stop there. We must also repair and clean up our broken systems,” said Lightfoot in a tweet that captioned her announcement. Her announcement was posted at 9:44pm on June 2.
In a more recent development, Lightfoot announced new directives given to Police Superintendent Brown for “necessary steps toward police reform.”
“I have given directives to Supt. Brown for immediate and necessary next steps on our journey toward police reform. A number of these measures will be implemented within the next 90 days,” said Lightfoot, in a tweet that was posted at 2:49pm on June 3. This tweet was the caption to an article Lightfoot shared from Block Club Chicago.
Lightfoot also updated the city regarding the damages Chicago has sustained in the wake of the recent civil rights protests. Civil rights protests were spurred on by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin. It drove on protests circling other murders of African-American citizens at the hands of police officers.
“Joined Ald. Scott, Ald. Rodriguez, and Congressman Davis in Little Village where community members showed us damage from the last few days. City crews have been cleaning up the area and I’m thankful to the volunteers helping them in that effort,” said Lightfoot, detailing her visit to the impact zone. This statement was made in a tweet that was posted at 12:26pm on June 3.
As the dust settled on Chicago in the wake of the civil rights protests, Mayor Lightfoot called on the whole community of Chicago to stand together at this trying time.
“I call on all people of goodwill, young, old, black, brown, white, Asian, from all faith traditions, to rise up with me for peace. Stand for peace,” said Lightfoot, in a tweet that was posted at 6:54 pm on June 2.
Former Chicago Senator and President of the United States Barack Obama has also been quite vocal about his thoughts regarding resuming peaceful protest.
“”Let’s do this another way. Let’s stop thinking our voice don’t matter and vote. Not just for the president…educate yourself and know who you’re voting for. And that’s how we’re going to hit ’em,” said Obama in a tweet that was posted on June 1. Mr. Obama was quoting a speech made by George Floyd’s brother, which was available via a video link he shared.