During the recent riots in the Loop area of Chicago, a video surfaced that is disturbing to watch as it shows a group of teenagers assaulting a helpless woman.
The video, which was shared by CWB Chicago, depicts a distressing scene of a woman being assaulted in the doorway of 129 North Wabash. The mob of teenagers overpower the woman and continuously beat her without showing any signs of relenting.
“CWBChicago has not yet confirmed that the footage is from Saturday, but the montage appeared online after Saturday’s event,” the outlet noted. “Chicago police have said that nine juveniles and six adults were arrested during the course of Saturday evening.”
“On Monday, Chicago police confirmed that a couple was attacked and robbed by a group of people in the 100 block of North Michigan Avenue around 8 p.m. Saturday. The 22-year-old man and a woman, whom police said is between 18 and 24 years old, were near Millennium Park when the group attacked them,” it added.
As reported by Fox News:
The woman, identified as 18 to 24-years old, was with a 22-year-old male victim during the attack, Chicago police said.
The mob surrounded the victims and multiple people “struck the victims several times before taking their personal property and fleeing in an unknown direction,” the police report said. No arrests have been made in the incident, while the victims were transported to the University of Illinois Hospital with what were classified as “minor injuries.”
On Sunday, Chicago Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson released a statement in which he said that the teens should not be “demonized” for their behavior.
“In no way do I condone the destructive activity we saw in the Loop and lakefront this weekend. 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,” Johnson stated.
“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 welcome for both residents and visitors,” he continued. “This is one aspect of my comprehensive approach to improve public safety and make Chicago livable for everyone.”
Lori Lightfoot, the outgoing Mayor of Chicago, has also condemned the violence and referred to it as “reckless, disrespectful, and illegal behavior.”
“As I have said before, we as a city cannot and will not allow any of our public spaces to become a platform for criminal conduct,” she said. “Most importantly, parents and guardians must know where their children are and be responsible for their actions. Instilling the important values of respect for people and property must begin at home.”