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A 911 dispatcher in the city of Chicago has shredded the city’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her stance on police as crime is overwhelming the city.
Keith Thornton Jr. shared a video on Facebook on Christmas Eve where he attacked the mayor and Superintendent of Police David Brown for not supporting the police, The Daily Mail reported.
He said he had been compelled to speak up because ‘several of my officers have texted me that they were scared … They have no backing and they’re scared of being out there by themselves, working in the 16th District.’
Thornton said officers in the district, which is in the northwest of the city, were so ‘shorthanded’ that if you call 911 from the area ‘officers are not coming to you.’
He said this wasn’t petty crimes – this was ‘females being beaten’ as well as stabbings and shootings.
‘A shooting came up a few days ago and we couldn’t even get a unit over there. A unit could not even get to that scene until 10 plus minutes later because there was no one,’ Thornton told viewers.
His video was released as Chicago faced a bloody Christmas weekend that saw three people shot dead and 22 seriously wounded.
He accused Mayor Lightfoot of not caring about anyone in the city regardless of their skin color, gender or politics.
“I’m hot about it because this mayor does not care about Chicago police officers, period. She doesn’t care about any first responders. She does not care about the d*** city. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, Asian, Hispanic, other, straight, gay, Democrat, or Republican. She don’t even care about her city workers. All that lady cares about is her f***ing self,” he said of the video.
“And I pray you’re watching this because you’re a disgrace and I’m tired of it,’ he said, directing his words at Lightfoot. ‘And your city is tired of it. Matter of fact, it’s not your city. The city of Chicago is tired of it,” he said.
“And I know you don’t like me, and that’s OK, because I love you,” the dispatcher said, “but I’m tired of you because you’re an absolute disgrace to everyone within the city.”
He said that the “city is burning” and that it was time for the people to “stand up” and “do something,” to fix it. He even said he was willing to meet with city officials to discuss his concerns.
“We’ve got to come together for our area because this is bull s***,” he said.
In May former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard laced into Lightfoot for, what she called, her anti-white racism.
“Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent,” the former representative said. “I call upon President Biden, Kamala Harris, and other leaders of our county—of all races—to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation.”
“Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white,” Gabbard, who is of Samoan ancestry, said.
Mayor Lightfoot's blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent. I call upon President Biden, Kamala Harris, and other leaders of our county—of all races—to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot's resignation. Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) May 21, 2021
Gabbard’s fury came after Mayor Lightfoot, who has not been very popular among her own constituents, ran the tried and true Democrat race play and announced last week that she is “prioritizing media requests from POC reporters” as she celebrates “the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city.”
“This is an imbalance that needs to change,” she said in a tweet “Chicago is a world-class city. Our local media should reflect the multiple cultures that comprise it.”
“We must be intentional about doing better,” she said. “I believed that when running for office. I stand on this belief now. It’s time for the newsrooms to do better and build teams that reflect the make-up of our city.”