Far-Left Chicago Mayor Says Not to ‘Demonize’ Teenagers Who Went on Violent Rampage

Originally published April 17, 2023 3:20 am PDT

After over 100 teenagers went on a violent rampage in downtown Chicago Saturday night, newly-elected Chicago mayor Brandon Johnson said people shouldn’t “demonize” the group.

  • Following a violent rampage in downtown Chicago by a group of teenagers Saturday night, leftist Chicago mayor-elect Brandon Johnson said people shouldn’t “demonize” the criminals.
  • “Our city must work together to create spaces for youth to gather safely and responsibly, under adult guidance and supervision, to ensure that every part of our city remains both welcome for both residents and visitors,” Johnson said in a statement.
  • The group of over 100 teens caused chaos throughout the city, including torching cars, fighting, and attempting to breach police barricades.
  • Two teenage boys were shot and 15 people were arrested following the ordeal.
  • “In no way do I condone the destructive activity we saw in the Loop and lakefront this week,” Johnson continued. “It is unacceptable and has no place in our city. However, it is not constructive to demonize youth who have otherwise been starved of opportunities in their own communities.”

“I will work with police and first responders to invest in community-based interventions that de-escalate conflict, reduce violence and make our neighborhoods safer,” Johnson said.

  • Johnson, the former Cook County Commissioner, defeated his moderate opponent Paul Vallas in Chicago’s mayoral race earlier this month, replacing former mayor Lori Lightfoot.
  • Johnson ran his campaign attacking Vallas, ignoring many of the city’s crime issues, and, according to the Chicago Tribune, during the summer of 2020, the former commissioner introduced a resolution to “redirect funds from policing and incarceration to public services not administered by law enforcement.”
  • “Let’s take this bold progressive movement around these United States of America,” Johnson said in his victory speech. “Chicago, we can show the country, we can show the world what’s possible when we stand on our values.”
  • Johnson was endorsed during his campaign by self-proclaimed socialists, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.