I've always wondered what high tension phone calls and meetings behind close doors of powerful people sound like and...they sound a lot like everyone else.
“Once they’re done looting and rioting and whatever’s going to happen tonight, God help us, what happens when they start going after residents? Going into the neighborhoods? Once they start trying to break down people’s doors, if they think they’ve got something,” he said.
“We know that people are here to antagonize and incite, and you’ve got them all pumped tonight, today. They’re not going to go to bed at 8 o’clock. They’re going to turn their focus on the neighborhoods. I’ve got gang-bangers with AK-47s walking around right now, just waiting to settle some scores. What are we going to do, and what do we tell residents, other than good faith people stand up? It’s not going to be enough,”
Mayor Lightfoot responded to that whole rant by Lopez with a long pause and a "thank you". Which, init of itself is a way of saying FUCK you. And when Lopez asked for an answer what he really got was a clarification on that thank you which really did mean "Fuck you, Raymond". Just a tiny peak behind the curtain and it was great. "You're 100% full of shit" and a "okay, FUCK YOU". THAT'S OUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK!
There are plenty of things to criticize Lightfoot and the city about how things were handled in the last week. Lots of blame to go around. Raymond Lopez represents the 15th Ward which includes Englewood, the neighborhood with the 3rd highest rate of violent crime per capita. Can't imagine he was happy with what he was seeing on the ground. It's one of those situations where I don't know exactly who to point the finger at, but I am just glad it's not me. Being Mayor or President or any sort of elected official seems like the worst job in the world. No matter what you do, you're going to have a large segment of the population who thinks you're fucking up. Maybe you are, maybe you're not, maybe people are 100% full of shit. And if you think those people criticizing you are full of shit, it's nice to hear that the Mayor feels okay with saying so bluntly in a matter that can't be misinterpreted.