Magnificent Mile looting, smashing windows, looting stores, property damage, and fighting with police for hours. Hundreds of people swept through the Magnificent Mile and other parts of downtown Chicago, early Monday.
Chicago police announced the situation was yet continuing early Monday and could not present details about specific incidents or numbers of arrests. Videos posted to social media shared footage of large crowds breaking windows and entering stores along the Magnificent Mile.
Crowds repeatedly tried to bash in the windows of the Omega watch store at Delaware Place and Michigan Avenue. “The watch store,” one officer said. “They’re gonna get it eventually.”
Other parts of downtown, including around Grand and Wabash avenues, were dirtied with trash. Police have taken numerous into custody and recovered at least one gun, officials reported.
One woman with shopping bags in her hands fell on the sidewalk as an officer was chasing her. Another woman seemed to have been pepper-sprayed. A rock was thrown at a squad car.
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Magnificent Mile looting stores, property damage, fighting with police
People rushed in and out of the stores along Michigan Avenue carrying shopping bags full of merchandise. Cars fell off more people as the crowd grew. At least one U-Haul van was seen pulling up.
The CTA suspended bus and train service downtown at the “request of public safety officials,” the transit agency said in a tweet. No buses or trains will run in the area bordered by Fullerton and Ashland avenues and, Cermak road.
Police said smash-and-grab burglars hit a store in the South Loop late Sunday night, however, it was not instantly clear if that incident was reported to the other large crowds of looters.
More than an hour after the shooting, police, and eyewitnesses announced a crowd of about 30 people stood off against officers holding a police line near 56th and Aberdeen streets.
Authorities reported someone fed false information to the angry group, including that police shot and injured a child.
Chicago police return fire at looters
Earlier, an officer was seen slumped against a building by Grand and Wabash avenues as other cops directed to him. It was not clear what had fallen to him.
Down the block, police in camouflage gear and shields briefly stood outside at a shop at Rush Street and Grand Avenue. However, as the car drove off, at least one person attempted to go into the shop. The police returned.
“Go home!” One cop shouted.
“You go home!” Someone yelled, apparently back at the officer.
People were seen rushing out of a PNC Bank, its windows shattered, at Huron and State streets. Down the block, other stores, including a Sally Beauty Supply, had been washed out by vandals.
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