Because of the high crime rate and the fact that rioters are commonplace in Chicago, you have to wonder why the Democrats chose it for their convention. Some of my friends have wished that some of the Democrats should get assaulted at the convention, but I disagree. Violence only begets violence and it accomplishes nothing. But, us old timers remember the 1968 Democratic Convention. It was a riot. Of course, rioters are a key demographic for the Democrats.
On Saturday night hundreds of teenagers flooded into Millennium Park even though no one under the age of 21 has legal access to the park. The rioters damaged cars, with one being set on fire, a driver was beaten and two teenagers ages 16 and 17 were shot. Both are expected to make full recoveries. The -police were forced to escort tourists out of the park for their safety. I’m guessing this riot will not be used to attract tourists to Chicago.
Come to Chicago for your vacation, where you have a 68% chance of not being a victim of crime. Crime really isn’t that bad in Chicago. That is a vicious rumor started by 3 million victims. Hello, my name is Robert, and I will be your mugger tonight. May I recommend a blow to your head with my police baton? The cost is whatever you have in your pocket. The Survivor series announced that they will not broadcast Survivor Chicago since no one survived.
The horde of teens forced police to escort tourists and locals back to their cars at the Millennium Park garage.
Teens also reportedly attempted to force their way inside the Art Institute of Chicago in an attempted “teen takeover.”
Officers from the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, EMS, and SWAT teams were dispatched to the area.
Rowdy teens smashed the windows of several cars by jumping on the vehicles – including a police cruiser.
Video shows a vehicle being set on fire.
A man sitting in the driver’s seat of his car was injured and taken to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital after a group of teens beat him as they smashed his vehicle.
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?#BREAKING: Chaotic Scene Unfolds in Downtown Chicago as Teenagers Vandalize Cars and Gunfire Erupts
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WFLD reported that gunfire erupted near the crowds at the corner of Madison and Michigan. Two teenagers were shot. The teens, ages 16 and 17, were shot and rushed to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Both boys are said to be in fair condition with gunshot wounds.
A witness told WMAQ-TV, “It’s heartbreaking, kids fighting, chasing each other, some of them got guns. It’s really heartbreaking when one of them actually gets hurt, and that’s unfortunate, happened last night.”
CBS News reported that “multiple teens” were arrested – all were under the age of 18.
The Chicago Police Department said in a statement, “Last night, CPD monitored activity happening across the city and officers were in place to quickly respond to active incidents and large gatherings. We will continue to have sufficient resources in place as we work to strengthen safety in every neighborhood.”
This was the second night of a crowd of teens taking over Chicago. On Friday night, a mob of teenagers gathered at the 31st Street Beach on Friday night. A 14-year-old boy was shot near the crowds.