A prominent Democratic figure in Chicago is criticising the way the city is handling crime and claims that innocent people are being “hunted down like prey.”
Alderman Raymond Lopez, a Democrat from Chicago, stated on “America Reports” on Tuesday that “things like robbery, burglary, arson, assault, and even threatening elected officials like myself, do not warrant you being held on bond anymore in the state of Illinois,” and that “criminals are taking note.”
“They become emboldened, and the deafening cry is not heard by the politicians demanding change. They only sit back as you saw, and try to stick to the script, even when the public refuses to participate.”
According to Lopez, FOX News viewers are becoming more and more aware of how “tone-deaf leadership” results from electing “socialists or ultra progressives.”
“Common sense requires us to start standing up and pushing back on the criminality in our neighbourhoods, to start holding people and parents accountable because oftentimes these are 12, 13, 14-year-olds who are engaging in this behaviour, such as the armed carjacking that is so rampant in the city of Chicago,” Lopez said.
“It’s unfortunate as we saw today where the Judiciary Committee came to Chicago that not one single Democrat chose to participate and make their voices heard or to hear from those most impacted.”
The alderman claimed that although residents are “voting with their feet,” some are unable to leave the violent metropolis.
“We…have nearly two-thirds of our city who cannot do that, who must stay here and they are the victims of the violence that we see so often in particularly Black and Brown communities,” he explained.
According to Lopez, municipal residents “have had enough” of not being acknowledged.
“They are often talked about for the progressive agenda, for the extreme liberal agenda that says they care,” he said. “But their policies, particularly when it comes to police reform and criminal justice reform, in my opinion, are very racist because oftentimes the victims of the most heinous crimes by the repeat offenders are those same Black and Brown residents that the White liberals claim to care about but truly don’t.”