Chicago police return fire as armed looters hit Magnificent Mile, smashing windows

Chicago police return fire as armed looters hit Magnificent Mile, smashing windows
Scene in Chicago on Aug. 9 (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – Are we still clinging to the myth that any of this has anything to do with George Floyd?]

Hundreds of people swept through the Magnificent Mile and other parts of downtown Chicago early Monday, smashing windows, looting stores, confronting police and at one point exchanging gunfire with officers, authorities said.

The officers had stopped several people on Lake Street near Michigan Avenue when shots were fired from a passing car around 4:30 a.m., nearly five hours into the widespread vandalism, according to police spokesman Tom Ahern. No officers were shot but a squad car was hit, he said. It was not known if anyone in the gunman’s car was shot.

Ahern said other officers were injured through the night. Earlier, an officer was seen slumped against a building by Grand and Wabash avenues as other other cops tended to him. It was unclear what had happened to him. Ahern had no details on the injuries.

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