Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is doing a terrible job leading her city. Every weekend is a bloodbath, illegal guns flood the streets, and she’s demonized and insulted her own police force to the extent that they recently turned their backs on her.
Lightfoot is a disgrace to the City of Chicago and the United States. Now, Lightfoot’s latest move has people scratching their heads.
Lightfoot Wants to Sue Gangsters and Take Their Stuff
Lightfoot’s new idea is to sue criminals and seize their assets. This strategy has been used in suburbs with limited results. Lightfoot doesn’t like how the local State Attorney Kim Foxx is handling crime in the city; Lightfoot now believes this can be an “opportunity” to shut down gangsters and incentivize better behavior.
Lightfoot called out the “death and misery” that gangsters are leaving on Chicago streets and it’s time to stop it. That all sounds good, but the reality is that this is just more Democrat talk. Criminals don’t tend to be the number one people who pay what they owe and listen to a court’s order: that’s why they’re criminals.
Also, if you are trying to seize assets like vehicles, guns, and finances, then you need police to enforce it. This brings us full circle back to blue cities like Chicago which are overrun by crime and where police don’t receive nearly as much support as they deserve.
.@chicagosmayor is planning to announce a plan that allows the city to sue gang members for the crimes… basically, hit their assets.
Crippin' 101: Never put anything in your name.
🤦🏾♀️ they insist on doing everything except what they're supposed to do for our communities.
— PeeplesVoice (@PeeplesChoice85) September 13, 2021
Other Issues With Lightfoot’s Plan
Other issues with Lightfoot’s plan include trying to be accurate on who is in a gang or not and who qualifies to have their assets seized. Many people have been put on the Chicago gang list by mistake. By taking away gangsters’ flashy cars and jewelry, however, Lightfoot and her leftist crew hope they can take away the “glamour” of gang life.
The problem with civil asset forfeiture is that it is against the Constitution. Moreover, when you start taking things away from dangerous gangsters and cracking down on them in these ways, it just increases the chances of revenge killings and ambushes on police.
The solution to gang crime is simple: an efficient and well-supported police force cracking down very severely on criminals and handing them long sentences and punishments. This, combined with a growing economy, can be a recipe for leaving behind the drugs and crime gangsterism that’s gripping places like Chicago.
LEO TERRELL on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's decision to conduct media interviews based on race: "Lori Lightfoot is a racist. She is implementing systemic racism in the city of Chicago. Sue her! pic.twitter.com/5y8L9q1Dey
— Martin Golobič (@martingolobich) May 20, 2021
The Bottom Line
The bottom line here is that the Democrats are not serious about stopping crime. Seizing criminals’ assets is great if you can find a way to seize and keep them. Yet, as we see in many blue cities, the left has been playing catch up in every way.
They coddle criminals or try to find all sorts of ways to help or understand them. In this case, they try to find a backdoor solution to taking their guns and wealth. However, the solution is head-on: come down with overwhelming force on criminals and make them see that their way of life isn’t going to work.