While looters in Chicago were reprimanded by Mayor Lightfoot, Police Superintendent David Brown and even civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, members of BLM Chicago held a rally in support of those who caused chaos and destruction and attempted to justify their criminal behavior.
Ariel Atkins, a BLM Organizer, defended looters according to NBC Chicago, saying “I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats. That makes sure that person has clothes.”
“That is reparations,” Atkins added “Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”
Per Fox News, Black Lives Matter members in Chicago held a rally on Monday to support the more than 100 arrested last night following widespread looting and rioting that caused at least $60 million in property damage and saw 13 police officers injured, according to a report.
The rally was organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago and was held at a police station in the South Loop where organizers say individuals are currently being held in custody. At least one organizer called the looting tantamount to “reparations.”
Police Superintendent David Brown saw no parallels between the looting and a peaceful protest.
“This was not an organized protest.” Brown told reporters. “Rather, this was an incident of pure criminality. This was an act of violence against our police officers and against our city.”