As Chicago experienced yet another one of its deadly weekends that it has become all to well known for under years of Democratic leadership, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot poured her focus instead into enforcing unconstitutional stay at home orders, even threatening to take violators to jail.
Lightfoot took a hard stance on those who don’t comply with lockdown orders while ignoring at least 17 shootings, including three fatal, in a 36 hour period.
During a COVID-19 press conference on Saturday Lightfoot said, “We will shut you down, we will cite you, and if we need to, we will arrest you and we will take you to jail.”
“Don’t make us treat you like a criminal, but if you act like a criminal and you violate the law and you refuse to do what is necessary to save lives in this city in the middle of a pandemic we will take you to jail, period.”
Lightfoot focused specifically on house parties in the city in the past week. “When you go out and party, when you go home to your momma, your grandma, or anybody in your household who has an underlying medical condition, you are bringing death to their doorstep,” Lightfoot said.
Lightfoot also said Chicago police broke up several social gatherings between 50 and 150 people on Friday night. “If you host a party, promote a party, or go to a party, we are not playing games. We mean business, and we will shut this down one way or another,” the Democratic mayor said. “The time for educating people into compliance is over. Don’t be stupid. We’re watching you, and we’re going to take decisive action.”
“Your actions are going to make a difference between whether or not we get out sooner or later, whether or not we have a summer or we do not,” Lightfoot said. “It’s absolutely essential that we stay the course and people stay home.”
Lightfoot and Chicago police also encouraged residents to anonymously submit tips about anybody breaking the lockdown rules, including throwing house parties.
In April, Lightfoot made headlines after photos revealed that she received a haircut during the lockdown. The Chicago Department of Public Health issued a shelter-in-place order on March 18 and Lightfoot issued a stay-at-home order that shut down all non-essential businesses, such as barbershops and salons, on March 21.
On April 4, Lightfoot’s stylist posted photos with the mayor on Facebook with the caption: “I had the pleasure of giving Mayor Lightfoot a hair trim.”
Lightfoot faced heavy backlash and was called a “hypocrite” but defended her actions, claiming they were justified saying, “I’m the public face of this city. I’m on the national media and I’m out in the public eye.”
“The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on so we are, I am practicing what I’m preaching,” Lightfoot said.
In the photos, the two women are not social distancing and neither, are wearing face masks.
Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened citations and arrests for those who failed to comply with stay-at-home orders and held parties instead.
“I’m not playing. Stay home (your own home). Save lives,” Lightfoot tweeted along with a video of her statement Saturday.
“Now I’ve directed Superintendent Brown to order all police districts to give special attention to these parties. And this is how it’s going to be,” Lightfoot said. “We will shut you down, we will cite you and if we need to, we will arrest you and we will take you to jail. Period. There should be nothing unambiguous about that.”
“Don’t make us treat you like a criminal,” Lightfoot continued. “But if you act like a criminal and you violate the law and you refuse to do what is necessary to save lives in the city the middle of a pandemic, we will take you to jail. Period.”
Lightfoot gave the statement in response to house parties that were being held despite the orders that have been in place for over a month.
“Those aspirations simply cannot become a reality in the middle of a pandemic,” she said.
Lightfoot was previously criticized for getting a haircut — and taking a photo with her stylist that ignored social distancing recommendations — despite the fact that she was telling her constituents to stay home.