Chicago, IL – At the start of a bloody weekend during which 77 people were shot and at least five killed, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said crime “is not out of control” in the Windy City.
Lightfoot made the bizarre statement during a press conference on Friday evening, WFLD reported.
The mayor appeared to lose her temper at Newsmax reporter William Kelly when he asked her about the “off-the-charts” violent crime in the city.
“The premise of your question, which is it’s chaos everywhere, the fact of the matter is, sir – which you also didn’t point out, but I will so we get this straight – is we’re actually seeing a decline in homicides and shootings, yes sir,” Lightfoot replied, according to Newsmax.
So far, 2021 has been Chicago’s deadliest year in more than a decade, according to WFLD.
When press aides tried to stop the Newsmax reporter from asking a follow-up question, Lightfoot got snarky at the podium.
“No no, no no no no,” the mayor interrupted. “Let him ask his follow-up question so he doesn’t claim that somehow we’re being biased and slighting the guy from Newsmax.”
Then Kelly asked her if she owed an apology to the victims of the skyrocketing violent crime in the city.
“So once again sir, I ask you to get your facts right,” Lightfoot corrected him. “Crime is not out of control in our city. In fact, crime is on the decline. All of our major indices show a decline in crime and our homicides and our shootings, year after year, are down.
“And sir,” the mayor continued, “I was polite and allowed you to spew your rhetoric that is offensive to me and other but I’m trying to be polite and professional and answer your question.”
“But if you want to write your own narrative and irrelevant to what I’m going to say and what the facts are, then we’ll just move on to another reporter,” she said and summarily dismissed him.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: “Crime is not out of control in our city. In fact, crime is on the decline.”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 30, 2021
Despite Lightfoot’s assertions to the contrary, Chicago has seen a spike in violence already this summer.
And of the 77 people who were shot over the weekend, 17 of the victims were juveniles, WBBM reported.
Chicago police have increased patrols in the communities most affected by the crime surge, WMAQ reported.
Police statistics showed that carjackings were way up in 2021.
There were 708 carjackings by June 13 this year as compared to 416 during the same time period in 2020, WMAQ reported.
On June 19, a young couple participating in the Puerto Rican Day festivities in Chicago were gunned down on the Northwest side of the city after they accidentally rear-ended a parked car.
Surveillance video of the incident showed a group of men dragging the couple – later identified as 24-year-old Gyovanny Arzuaga and 25-year-old Yasmin Perez – out of their vehicle and shooting them multiple times.
That video in NYC of the man shot and killed in front of two kids and the video from Chicago yesterday of the Puerto Rican couple that was dragged out of their car and shot and in the middle of the street…. speechless. American cities turning into warzones
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) June 21, 2021
The attack and murder sparked outrage on social media, with many people calling the incident a hate crime and calling on Lightfoot to do something about the skyrocketing violent crime in the city, according to MEAWW.