There have been demonstrations against police brutality in all 50 states. Some of these protests have seen officers use questionable tactics against both violent and peaceful protesters. And in a number of these cases, the cops body cameras have been turned off.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was asked about these kind of incidents during a Friday press conference. She told reporters that any officer who turned off a bodycam during a violent episode will have their powers stripped.
Lightfoot said at the presser, “I’ve said this before and I’ll say it every day: We will not tolerate people who cross the line. We will not tolerate excessive force. We will not tolerate profanity and homophobic comments that demean the badge, demean the honor of being a Chicago police officer and demean the value of who we are as Chicagoans.”
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— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) June 4, 2020
The Mayor continued by warning any officer that does step over the line will be found and punished. “We will not tolerate that,” she continued. “Officers who choose to do those things, or to tape over their badges, or to turn off their body-worn cameras – all things that violate very clear directives of the Chicago Police Department – if you are one of those officers, we will find you, we will identify you, and we will strip you of your police powers. Period.”
Lightfood concluded her remarks, “I understand all about honest mistakes, but some of the things that we’ve seen are not honest mistakes. These are people who do not share our values and will not be part of the Chicago Police Department. I want that message to be loud and clear.”
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