Video of Bridge Closing on Individuals Inflames Debate Over Chicago Crackdown

Video of Bridge Closing on People Inflames Debate Over Chicago Crackdown

A viral video claiming to indicate six folks unexpectedly caught on a raised bridge over the Chicago River was igniting anger on the metropolis’s Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s elevating of the river’s bridges to restrict entry to town’s Loop, Gold Coast and close by areas following incidents of property destruction and civil unrest.

Metropolis officers have stated that the declare that these within the video had been caught unaware by the elevating bridge is “not credible,” in accordance with the Chicago Tribune.

Whereas officers did not make clear why they assume the folks within the video could not have been unintentionally trapped on the bridge when it was raised, the bridges usually have alarms go off close by earlier than they increase and decrease. In addition they increase and decrease very slowly, giving folks ample time to go away them earlier than they increase or decrease fully.

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Michael Claffey, a consultant of the Chicago Division of Transportation, talking to the Tribune, known as the video “extraordinarily reckless and probably lethal conduct” and stated that Chicago police are investigating the folks concerned for potential trespassing.

Video of the people was reportedly posted on Monday by a Hyde Park resident named Dylan Brandon, who claimed to have discovered it on Twitter. Brandon stated he did not know the folks within the video. Metropolis officers solely grew to become conscious of the video because it started circulating on-line.

Bridges throughout the Chicago river are raised to regulate entry into downtown as widespread looting broke out within the metropolis on August 10, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Chicago Police spokesperson Maggie Huynh stated the downtown bridges had been raised every night time from August 10 to August 16. The bridges had been raised in response to a civil rebellion that occurred on Sunday, August 9.

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In keeping with the investigative journalism nonprofit web site ProPublica, on Sunday night, indignant Chicagoans started gathered within the metropolis’s downtown space after police within the south facet neighborhood of Englewood shot a 20-year-old man who they claimed had first shot at them.

As Sunday night time stretched into Monday’s early morning hours, residents started ransacking shops alongside Michigan Avenue. The unrest was met by 400 law enforcement officials—13 officers had been injured and greater than 100 folks had been arrested.

On Monday morning, Lightfoot known as the rebellion an act of “brazen and intensive prison looting and destruction” and disavowed the rebellion’s potential connection to the capturing. She pledged to limit downtown entry for the subsequent few nights by discontinuing public prepare service, closing expressway ramps and limiting entry to 5 different metropolis spots—she additionally started elevating the bridges.

The publication famous that locals cannot recall any time within the metropolis’s previous when the bridges had been raised to cease crime, and accused Lightfoot of actually dividing town’s residents as an alternative of addressing the underlying inequalities inflicting unrest, one thing Lightfoot pledged to do as a mayoral candidate.

Newsweek contacted Lightfoot’s workplace for remark.

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