Chicago Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson Says 'It Is Not Constructive' to 'Demonize' Rioters

Chris Menahan
Apr. 17, 2023

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson on Sunday night defended the rioters who rampaged through downtown Chicago by claiming they've "been starved of opportunities" and should not be "demonized."

"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 said in a statement on Twitter.

"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."

As I noted on Sunday, the riots came just days after Johnson was elected on a platform of insisting "state-sponsored policing" should not apply to black people.

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