Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is finally admitting defeat.
During a speech, Mayor Lightfoot pleaded for Attorney General Merrick Garland to send Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents to address illegal firearms and for more prosecutors to bring criminal cases in the Windy City.
The Hill reports:
“Keeping you safe is my priority — not one of, but the first and primary priority,” Lightfoot said to the citizens of Chicago. “I wake every morning with this as my first concern and I push myself and all involved to step up and do more and better because we cannot continue to endure the level of violence that we are now experiencing.”
The mayor also requested that judges in Cook County stop releasing people charged with violent crimes including murder, aggravated gun possession, sex crimes, illegal gun possession and kidnapping on electric monitoring, the Tribune noted.
The solutions proposed by Lightfoot, none of which are new strategies, were reportedly criticized as “regressive” and “clearly unconstitutional.”
Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell told the Tribune the mayor “diagnosed the very real root causes of violence, the solutions were textbook policymaking based on fear.”
Major cities across the country, especially Democrat-led cities, have experienced alarming upticks in violent crime. Some Democrats have failed to address the spike in crime across communities, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even speculated that there is not actual uptick and tried to claim right-wing media outlets were simply causing panic for nothing.