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Chicago cops were caught on camera lounging and napping in Congressman's office during the protests and lootings "within their reach"

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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.

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.

“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.”

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?"

Author: Usa Really