Illinois sheriffs just dealt a big blow to the disastrous Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and said they would refuse to bail out Lightfoot if she requests law enforcement assistance from them.
DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick and Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said they’ve helped Lightfoot in the past but will not do it this time. Hain said:
“The Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System typically responds to emergency situations where there is no opportunity for planning This situation to me is much different. This is all begotten by a lack of planning and support of the Chicago Police Department.
“So now, they are bleeding that out to us. I will not send my personnel to Chicago unless an officer is under direct duress because I cannot support this slanted agenda.
“I also will not allow my deputies to be subjected to use of force in the City and be under the prosecutorial jurisdiction of the Cook County State’s Attorney.”
Mendrick called it a “preplanned police shortage” and said, “The lack of logic is the thing that astounds me.”
From Fox News:
Jim Page, Executive Director of ILEAS, told Fox News that Mayor Lightfoot’s office never requested more officers to the city from the suburbs.
“Chicago never asked ILEAS or any suburban agency for help,” Page said. “That never happened.”
Page says that he is the one who sent the original email to regional commanders in the suburban area and he was simply asking how many officers could respond if a disaster such as a terrorist attack occurs.
“That’s what we do we plan for potential emergencies, being short of people is not an emergency pursuant to the law,” he said, adding that the situation between police and the mayor’s office has become a “political football.”
“The only fact that matters,” Page added. “Is that Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, and Superintendent Brown did not ask for help. We were prepping for a disaster.”
The email comes after the administration of Mayor Lori Lightfoot required that city workers report their COVID-19 vaccination status or be placed on unpaid leave, setting a deadline for this past Friday.
As of Monday, just under 65% of Chicago Police Department personnel reported their vaccination status through the city’s online portal, according to FOX 32 Chicago.
As the drama plays out in Chicago, the Indiana State Police has actively tried to poach disgruntled police officers.
“Hey Chicago Police Officers, we’re hiring! No vaccine mandate. Apply today Lower taxes, great schools, welcoming communities,” Sgt. Glen Fifield, a press information officer for the Indiana State Police, tweeted Wednesday.
My office stands ready to help connect Chicago police officers to an Indiana police department that is hiring now and doesn’t have a vaccine mandate.— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) October 19, 2021
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The sheriffs said they've helped Mayor Lori Lightfoot in the past, but her latest request is a self-inflicted wound that could have been avoided.— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 21, 2021
They said they would only step in and help if city officers were in distress or under duress.https://t.co/n4P0LJmuqd