Chicago's police commissioner says more than 100 people were arrested following a night of looting and unrest that left several officers injured and caused damage in the city's upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city.
"Rather this was an incident of pure criminality".
"This was an assault on our city". "And to those who engaged in his criminal behavior, let's be clear, we are coming for you". A large crowd, responding to false rumors the young man was a child, gathered at the scene to hurl things at officers who were holding the line to protect the crime scene.
Brown pledged a police crackdown in central Chicago, assigning officers to 12-hour shifts and canceling days off.
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There was a large police presence Monday morning outside an Apple store located north of Chicago's downtown area. The limited access means all Cook County courts, except for bond courts, are closed Monday. Police worked early on Monday to disperse the crowds. 13 cops were injured, including one who sustained a broken nose fighting with a group of looters, he said.
"Very hostile", CPD Deputy Chief Yolanda Talley said, according to NBC Chicago. An officer suffered an injured shoulder, and another officer was sprayed with mace in the unrest, she said. Having said that, these were criminals - people who broke in, and were shooting at people.
In the Sunday shooting in Englewood, police said in a statement that they responded about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to a call about a person with a gun and tried to confront someone matching his description in an alley.
More than 400 officers were dispatched to downtown after seeing social media posts encouraging looting in the wake of an officer-involved shooting Sunday on the South Side, Brown said. Since then, the suspect was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where they remain in police custody. Both individuals were reportedly taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
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Officers returned fire, wounding the suspect.
"Criminals took to the streets with the confidence that there would be no effect for their actions", Brown lamented, pledging that a special team of detectives had been assigned the task of implementing a "multi-layered plan" to crack down on the violence "which will be based on lessons we've learned from earlier this summer".
Those arrested were expected to face charges including looting, disorderly conduct, battery against police. Looters were seen carrying shopping bags filled with merchandise, and at least one U-Haul van was seen pulling up. Windows are shattered. In a separate video, someone is seen tossing a projectile at a jewelry store window on Michigan Avenue.
Video shows people running out of parked cars and breaking into stores.
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Police did not have specific information on the size of the crowd, amount of damage or level of police response, saying only, "This is an ongoing situation". Countless other businesses were also reportedly ransacked.