(RepublicanWire.org) – A Chicago police dispatcher just slammed Mayor Lori Lightfoot for allowing his city to become a “death zone” because of understaffing and the lack of police in certain areas.
Keith Thornton Jr. was once praised by Mayor Lightfoot for his quick thinking and heroic work while on the job. But recently he release a video condemning the mayor along with other city officials like the Superintendent of Police David Brown.
After describing areas of the city as “death zones,” he criticized the mayor for not caring about the police in her city. He said that she has failed to protect Chicago residents, especially those who live in the 16th district, also known as the Jefferson Park district.
In the Facebook video, Thornton said, “Today we’re talking about the northwest side of Chicago, and this was brought to my attention by several of my officers who have texted me, ‘OK’ and said that they were scared. They’re tired of this nonsense. They have no backing and they’re scared of being out there by themselves, working in the 16th District. We’re talking about the 16th District.”
It was reported by CWBC Chicago that the Jefferson Park district was staffed by 268 officers when David Brown became the Superintendent of Police in April of 2020. But now there are just 229 police officers assigned to the same district, according to the Chicago Office of Inspector General.
Thornton said that the 16th District is so short-staffed right now that when you call 9-1-1, you do not get a quick response like other parts of the city. He said that officers are not coming to you because they can’t be assigned cars and there are just too few officers in those neighborhoods.
“And I’m not talking about a dog running or barking or a car alarm going off or, ‘Hey, this guy’s parked in my handicapped spot. I’m talking about females being beaten. Shootings — a shooting came up a few days ago and we couldn’t even get a unit over there. A unit could not even get to that scene until 10 plus minutes later because there was no one,” he claimed.
This video from Thornton came on the same day that the Chicago Tribune reported an increase in violence in parts of the city that are known to be dangerous. The Tribune said that carjackings continued to increase in the city and that children, seniors, and transit workers found themselves to be victims even in areas not previously known for violence.
There has been a review of the last two years that coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. It reveals a significant increase in both homicides and shootings across the city. There is more than a 60% increase in both categories.
Thornton believes that Lightfoot simply doesn’t care about areas like the 16th district and that she only cares about herself. In fact, he said that the mayor not only doesn’t care about police officers, but she also doesn’t care about first responders and city workers. He said it doesn’t matter if you are white, black, Asian, Hispanic, straight, gay, Democrat, or Republican. “All that lady cares about is her f***ing self,” Thornton said.
He closed his video saying that he prayed that she would watch it because she is a disgrace and he is tired of it. He added that the city is tied as well. Ironically, he also said that he knew the mayor didn’t like him, but that he loved the mayor. But he reiterated that he was tired of her and she was an absolute disgrace to everyone in the city.
Thornton challenged the people of his city to come together because the city was burning. His last words were that the city should come together because this is “bull s***. Good night.”