(NewsReady.com) – Chicago is one of the most violent cities in America. Gang and drug crime in the city leads to the murders of hundreds of people every year. Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) is now at the center of a controversy over her decision to dance in the street.
On January 29, Lightfoot participated in the city’s Lunar New Year parade. During the event, which celebrates the Asian community, cameras captured the mayor dancing on the road while surrounded by a drumline. The Democrat’s carefree attitude made residents of the Windy City incredibly angry as they deal with a shocking number of gun crimes and murders.
The Chicago Contrarian’s Twitter account posted shocking stats. According to the website, there have been at least 2,278 murders in the city since she took office.
Since @chicagosmayor's term began, Chicago has suffered 2,278 homicides and over 9,000 shot.
Since January 1, the city has endured 41 homicides and 194 shot.
Yet here Lightfoot is blissfully dancing and asking voters to return her to office.
Lightfoot is detached from reality. pic.twitter.com/uEbL5R9s1m
— Chicago Contrarian (@ChicagoContrar1) January 29, 2023
Lightfoot, who is up for re-election in February, took office in May 2019. There were 502 killings in the city the year she took office, though she was inaugurated about halfway through. The next year, the number of murders shot up to 778. The following year, 2021, was even worse. A total of 794 people lost their lives in the city.
There was a decline in the number of people killed in Chicago in 2022, but it was still incredibly high at 692. Just one month into 2023, law enforcement has already responded to 42 homicides. While Lightfoot danced in the parade, the city grappled with a series of shootings that shook the city. The last weekend of January saw 16 people shot, including a 3-year-old boy. Two of the adults who suffered gunshot wounds died.
The parade could be the last one of Lightfoot’s time as mayor. According to Fox 32 Chicago, she is in fourth place in the race, with 9.8%. Democrat Paul Vallas, a longtime school administrator, is in first place in the polls with 26%. Rep. Chuy García (D) is in second place with 19%, and Brandon Johnson, a teachers union staffer, is in third place with 12.2%. The top two candidates who win next month will go to a runoff in April.
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