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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
In its latest bid to catch looters, the Chicago Police Department has launched a new Looting and Civil Unrest Videos section on their website. The aim is to identify and catch those responsible for the looting and destruction of several Chicago businesses along Northern Michigan Avenue that occurred last August.
Throughout the weekend of August 8-10, Chicago’s Northern Michigan Avenue area, also known as the ‘Magnificent Mile’, became a huge target for looting and attacks as police and protestors clashed.
The protests had sparked from reports of a young man getting shot by police. The police were responding to reports of a man wielding a gun in a residential area of Englewood.
Police also reported that the young man fitting the description of the suspect had fired at them, according to the Chicago Tribune.
False articles about the shooting were posted to social media, saying that police had killed a 15-year-old boy, inciting residents to clash with police officers in Englewood and prompted calls to head toward downtown towards the Magnificent Mile.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and city officials said that the ensuing violence caused hundreds of arrests. At least 13 officers were injured and 2 people shot.
Many businesses large and small were looted or destroyed, including a Tesla dealership and an Apple Flagship store.
The Chicago Tribune reports that, ‘It took police officers roughly four hours to get downtown under control, leading to a political blame game and calls for the Illinois National Guard to once again help quell unrest in the country’s third-largest city.’
At a briefing concerning the new video portion of their site, Chicago Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said that “We really need everyone’s help to identify these offenders so we can arrest and charge them.”
“Camera footage is only valuable when our officers and detectives can identify the individuals caught on camera committing the crime. We need everyone’s help to do this.”
The initial wave of protests and violence started back in May, as part of the George Floyd demonstrations.
Fox News says, ‘It occurred on a day in Chicago that saw 699 arrests — primarily looting suspects — 132 officers injured, 48 shootings and 17 homicides, Chicago’s WBBM-TV reported, as well as widespread damage to businesses and other property.’