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Chicago mayor: People who have 'come for a fight' have 'embedded themselves' in peaceful protests

Chicago mayor: People who have 'come for a fight' have 'embedded themselves' in peaceful protests
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Chicago Mayor Lori LightfootLori LightfootChicago mayor sets curfew for nonessential businesses due to COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Goldman Sachs — Trump, Biden clash in a more civil debate Restaurants brace for long COVID-19 winter MORE (D) blamed people who had “come for a fight” for violent protests in the city on Saturday.

"What we've seen is people who have embedded themselves in these seemingly peaceful protests and have come for a fight,” Lightfoot said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“What happened yesterday was really over very quickly, because our police department has resolved to make sure that we protect peaceful protests but we are absolutely not going to tolerate people who come to these protests looking for a fight and are intending to injure our police officers and injure innocent people who have just come to express their First Amendment rights,” she added.

Lightfoot contrasted the unrest with a wave of looting the previous weekend, affirming her description of the earlier incident as a “planned attack.”

She said city officials are "working with our federal partners to identify, exactly who the ringleaders are … we are determined to make sure that we get to the bottom of this and bring those who are responsible for these organized crime effort to justice.”

Lightfoot also addressed a recent uptick in coronavirus cases in the city, saying she doubts it is due to the gatherings because “we didn’t see that rise when we saw a lot of mass gatherings in late May, early June but of course we’re concerned.”

“We’ve just got to break through to young people that they are not immune to this virus” she said, adding that city officials had particularly noted a concerning increase in cases among Latinx Chicagoans.