Lori Lightfoot, the Democratic mayor of Chicago, was adamant earlier this week that she would not support the deployment of federal agents to her city in the aftermath of such a response to destructive protests in Portland, Oregon.
Following a recent conversation with President Donald Trump, however, she appears to have changed her tune, as Fox News reports.
“All available legal options”
In a recent statement, the mayor’s office described the telephone call with Trump as “brief and straightforward.” The two discussed ongoing civil unrest in her city earlier this week.
“Mayor Lightfoot maintains that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Attorney’s office,” her office’s statement read, according to Fox.
The mayor’s position appears to have shifted after receiving assurances from the president that no unaccountable federal officers would be patrolling the streets of Chicago.
“The Mayor has made clear that if there is any deviation from what has been announced, we will pursue all available legal options to protect Chicagoans,” her office noted in the statement, according to Fox.
“Roaming around the streets”
During a press conference on Wednesday, Lightfoot again asserted that the city would not welcome the type of federal intervention witnessed in Portland.
“We don’t need unnamed, secret federal agents roaming around the streets of Chicago, taking residents without cause and violating their basic constitutional rights,” she declared, as Fox reported.
Lightfoot went on to describe Trump’s actions in Portland as “a grave abuse of his presidential power” before urging locals to call 911 if they notice federal agents engaging in behavior “that doesn’t seem right,” as WIBC reported.
“Chicago should be calling us”
For his part, Trump has promised a “surge” of federal law enforcement resources to strategic locations across the country and has specifically complained about the state of affairs in Chicago, according to the BBC. During a coronavirus news briefing this week, he described the city as “a disaster,” declaring that Lightfoot was “making a big mistake” by disinviting federal officers.
“Chicago should be calling us and so should Philadelphia and Detroit and many others,” he said, according to a separate report from Fox.
While the president’s critics are sure to continue portraying his actions as authoritarian, there are plenty of Americans who want to see law and order restored to their communities — even if this is what it takes.