(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot responded to a Chicago police report revealing over 50% of carjacking suspects were juveniles, claiming the youth were “unloved,” National File reported.
“There are too many young people in this room that feel unloved, and we need to change that if we are going to change the trajectory of their lives,” Lightfoot said at a town hall.
She continued, saying Chicago cannot “arrest ourselves” out of crime spikes. Lightfoot has previously blamed Chicago’s rising crime on remote learning for students that was mandated during the pandemic.
“We started seeing this rise in cases in 2020,” she said. “And I’ll be frank and say in Chicago there was a correlation we believe between remote learning and the rise in carjackings.”
There have been 433 carjackings recorded in the city and an additional 72 vehicular hijacking arrests in 2022.
There were about 425 carjackings at the same period in 2021.
This discussion of carjacking may have come up again because a Lightfoot-appointed director of the Chicago Film Office was the victim of a carjacking and subsequent beating.
Kwame Amoaku was beaten and robbed by “three kids” who were attempting to break into his car. He was taken to the ICU and is in recovery.
“Ignoring Chicago’s anti-gun laws that leave law abiding Chicagoans defenseless, anti-police rhetoric that demonizes and undermines the efforts of law enforcement to uphold the rule of law, and lenient policies that often treat criminals as victims, Lightfoot is now literally putting feelings over facts,” a report from Townhall reads.
Twitter users had several theories on both the origin of the problem, as well as possible solutions:
That would come from parents and I’d be willing to bet that statistically, there is no father around for the people doing this. Mom isn’t getting it done all by herself.
— Da Bears (@Northsiders1985) April 3, 2022
Putin did it!
— Stephen Harding 🇮🇪 ☘🏍 (@Harding_Stephe) April 4, 2022
So now it’s love that will solve the problem? Throwing a boat load of money at them definitely hasn’t worked
— jessica green (@jessica30741882) April 3, 2022