During rioting, 13 Chicago police officers lounged in congressman’s office

by Peter Heck · Jun 12th, 2020 12:18 pm

While looters and rioters were pillaging the city of Chicago the night of June 1, video surveillance cameras show that 13 police officers, including three supervisors, decided to lounge in Rep. Bobby Rush's office.

The Democrat representative's Chicago headquarters had already been burglarized when the officers decided to enter and spend time sleeping on couches and eating snacks.

"They even had the unmitigated gall to go and make coffee for themselves and to pop popcorn, my popcorn, in my microwave while looters were tearing apart businesses within their sight, within their reach," Rush said at a briefing on Thursday. "...They didn't care. They absolutely didn't care."

Chicago leaders, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown, expressed their personal embarrassment.

"Officers asleep during a riot, with supervisors in tow, reflects our leadership," Brown said. "If you sleep during a riot, what do you do during a regular shift when there's no riot?" he asked.

Lightfoot lamented the "total disregard" the officers had for the citizens they swear an oath to serve and protect.

The department is still working to identify all the officers and supervisors on the video.

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