A reporter was reprimanded by Chicago’s newly elected progressive mayor for using the term “mob” to describe a crowd of hundreds of youths running amok in the city.
Democratic Mayor Brandon Johnson made the odd remarks to reporters during a one-hour media session on Wednesday.
Up to 400 youths overran a 7-Eleven convenience shop on Sunday and utterly destroyed it while grabbing as many items as they could, according to the reporter who described the incident as a “mob action.”
This is inappropriate. Johnson said to a reporter, “I didn’t say we’re talking about mob behaviour.
Instead, he called them “large gatherings” before interrupting reporters.
“It’s important that we speak of these dynamics in an appropriate way. This is not to obfuscate what has actually taken place,” he added.
“We have to be careful when we use language to describe certain behaviour. There’s history in this city. I mean, to refer to children as like baby Al Capone is not appropriate,” he continued.
Chicago police were able to make about 40 arrests once the group “became disorderly and disregarded multiple verbal commands by police to disperse.”
Johnson did commend the police for their handling of the situation, but he also expressed regret that any arrests were made.
“To the best of their ability, I believe that they attempted to engage with our young people, with community partners – giving as much warning as they possibly could,” said Johnson.
“And you know, unfortunately, arrests were made. Unfortunately, some damage was caused,” he added. “And the level of sensitivity and patience that our officers expressed, I’m appreciative of that.“
Johnson was elected after Lori Lightfoot’s failed attempt to win reelection in the February primary. In the previous 40 years of the city’s history, Lightfoot was the first woman and the first openly gay person to run for mayor of Chicago. However, she was also the first to lose a reelection campaign.
Watch the video of Johnson’s comments below:
Mayor Johnson addresses latest Chicago teen takeover for first timewww.youtube.com