Chicago cops were caught on camera lounging and napping in Congressman's office during the protests and lootings "within their reach"
The pictures of 13 on-duty Chicago police officers having a rest inside the congressman Bobby Rush’s office while the looting and unrest was raging just blocks away become popular and discussed.
The frames of the video made on June 1 depicted the on-duty police officer chilling out for hours in Rush’s campaign office broken by the looter during the prior protests. The stills taken from the video shocked the society. The pictures were presented at the Tuesday press conference by Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
When residents and their fellow officers needed them most, a group of police officers chose to tarnish the honor of their profession. Not one of these officers will be able to hide behind the badge. Not in our city. pic.twitter.com/anQyhndjGr— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) June 11, 2020
The cops were just lounging while the shopping center just a block away was under the looters’ attack. They were relaxing as if nothing was happening around them. One police officer was spotted sleeping on a couch, while another one was napping with his head on the desk. One of the officers was idly checking on his cellphone.
Rep. Bobby Rush says Chicago police broke into his campaign office to take his coffee and popcorn and relax while looters threatened the city: pic.twitter.com/UEzcYHQIEJ— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 11, 2020
“They even had the unmitigated gall to make coffee for themselves and to pop popcorn ― my popcorn, in my microwave,” Rush said, “while looters were tearing up businesses within their sight, within their reach.”
Lightfoot announced the investigation by Chicago Police Internal Affairs and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability over all 13 officers caught on the pictures and urged them to “come in”.
“You know who you are. You know what you did,” she said. “Don’t make us come find you.”
Chicago’s mayor says she is “shocked” and “enraged” after video appears to show 13 officers and supervisors lounging, making popcorn and coffee in U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s campaign office while nearby stores were looted. https://t.co/Xq7Eh4OaoS @WGNNews— Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) June 11, 2020
She also said that it “one of the most disgraceful, disrespectful things I have ever seen.”
"It is a personal embarrassment to me," Lightfoot said.
Meanwhile, David Brown, Chicago Police Superintendent, said that he would find the officers involved in the incident and “uphold the nobility of this profession.”
And Brown himself wondered:
"This kind of conduct means, if you sleep during a riot, what do you do on a regular shift when there's no riot?"
The same evening that #Chicago #police officers were kicking back w popcorn here in U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s campaign office, I was reporting for @WBEZ a couple miles away, wondering why there were no cops as looting hit Walmart, Aldi, AutoZone, dollar stores, furniture shops, etc. pic.twitter.com/uHCuOLokKT— Chip Mitchell (@ChipMitchell1) June 11, 2020