The George Floyd protests have largely been peaceful. There have, however, been incidents of looting and violence both against police officers and protesters.
On Tuesday, Bobby Rush revealed that his campaign office had been burglarized around two weeks ago. When the Illinois congressman went to review security footage from that night, he saw that multiple Chicago police officers had camped out in his recently looted office space.
The Democratic lawmaker made the revelation while appearing at a press conference alongside Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. According to Rush, the cops ignored looting that was going on at a nearby shopping center.
Breaking via Chicago Tribune: Chicago police officers made popcorn and coffee in Rep. Bobby Rush's office while nearby businesses were being looted last month, he announced at a stunning news conference alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot. https://t.co/JsNXlp6I4z
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 11, 2020
The congressman told reporters, “One was asleep on my couch in my campaign office. They even had the unmitigated gall to go and make coffee for themselves and make coffee for themselves and to pop popcorn, my popcorn, in my microwave while looters were tearing apart businesses within their sight and within their reach.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot showing stills of Chicago Police lounging around Rep. Bobby Rush’s campaign office pic.twitter.com/iXxNmDqnnx
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) June 11, 2020
Lightfoot addressed the congressman directly. “That’s a personal embarrassment to me,” she said. “I’m sorry that you and your staff even had to deal with this incredible indignity.”
The Chicago mayor then vowed, “Not one of these officers will be allowed to hide behind the badge and go on and act like nothing ever happened.”
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