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What Prompted Widespread Rioting and Looting Across Chicago

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Rioting and looting rocked Chicago early Monday morning after a shootout between Chicago police and a young man in the Englewood area on the South Side of the city.

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Officers were responding to a call of a man with a firearm and when police arrived and saw someone matching the description, the suspect fled, leading to a chase. He allegedly turned around and fired shots at the police officers who returned fire and hit the suspect.

A rumor was spread that police hit a child, the Chicago Tribune reports, and a crowd gathered to face off against police.

About an hour after the shootout, neighbors engaged in a standoff with officers that [Deputy Chief Yolanda] Talley described as “very hostile.”

“Emotions were running high. They were responding to misinformation,” Talley said.

Some members of the community had heard a “young person” had been shot, while others were responding to a report that a witness who videotaped the shooting had his phone taken by officers. She said those reports were inaccurate.

During the incident, one officer was maced and another suffered a shoulder injury, Talley said. The first officer was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and the other was treated at the scene. A brick was also lobbed through the window of a police vehicle, she said. (Chicago Sun Times)

Tensions carried on throughout the night and spread across the city, resulting in widespread rioting and looting.

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Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot will hold a press conference at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. 

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