A man sweeps up outside Paul Young Fine Jewelers at 34 W. Randolph St. after looting broke out in the Loop and surrounding neighborhoods overnight, Monday morning, Aug. 10, 2020.

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Mag Mile looting prompts downtown lockdown

CTA service was suspended, roads were closed and bridges raised as police worked to contain widespread looting Aug. 9 into Aug. 10, resulting in more than 100 arrests.

Two people were shot, more than 100 people were arrested and 13 police officers were injured as crowds broke windows and looted stores along Michigan Avenue and on the Near North Side overnight and into Monday morning.

“We are waking up in shock this morning,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at a press conference the morning of Aug. 10, calling it “brazen criminal looting and destruction.”

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said police will not stand by and watch downtown Chicago become “someplace people fear.” He promised a “heavy police presence” to restore order, and said access to downtown will be restricted from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., effective Monday night.

Brown said “the seeds for the shameful destruction we saw last night” started in Englewood Sunday afternoon. About 2:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a man with a gun. He fled as they arrived, Brown said, and fired at officers. They returned fire, striking the man, who was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital and is expected to survive. The 20-year-old man had previously faced charges of domestic battery, reckless conduct and child endangerment, Brown said.

Shortly after that, police became aware of “several social media posts” about looting planned downtown, Brown said, and as a result, the department reacted by deploying 400 officers to the downtown area.

Brown promised an increased police presence downtown and in the neighborhoods. To support that effort, Brown said officers will return to working 12-hour shifts, and all days off have been canceled until further notice.

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