Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home last Thursday in Logan Square to protest the mayor allowing federal agents in the city.
According to NewsOne, protesters gathered outside of Mayor Lightfoot’s home demanding she defund the Chicago Police Department. Protesters also wanted justice for Miracle Boyd, an 18-year-old activist who was allegedly punched by a Chicago police officer last week as demonstrators and cops clashed in Grant Park.
Additionally, people on social media shared videos of the protesters dancing to rapper Y.G.’s song FDT, which stands for f–k Donald Trump.
Protesters also expressed their anger at Lightfoot for backing down to President Trump and allowing him to send federal troops into the city in an attempt to curb the gun violence in Chicago.
According to The Chicago Tribune, when Trump first said he would send federal troops to Chicago, Lightfoot threatened to sue, however, she changed her tone days later acknowledging that the city would work with federal agents to fight crime. Lightfoot changed her mind after she spoke with U.S. Attorney John Lausch, a former colleague who assured Lightfoot an influx of law enforcement would work “collaboratively” with Chicago police against crime.
Lightfoot said in a press briefing the Windy City will receive resources that will connect with already existing federal agencies working with the city, including the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
However, she added that they will have a short leash.
“I sent a letter to the president yesterday outlining various ways in which, if he really wanted to partner with us, that he could do so. There are some things the federal government is uniquely qualified to handle. We would welcome that,” Lightfoot said. “What we do not welcome, and what we will not tolerate, and we will fight against is the deployment of unnamed federal special secret agents onto our streets to detain people without cause and effectively take away their civil rights and their civil liberties without due process. That is not going to happen in Chicago, and if we see that, the minute we see it, we will be rushing into court to stop that from happening.”