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Police Lounged In Congressman's Office While Watching Looting

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was enraged after watching a video of police officers relaxing in a campaign office as looting occurred.

Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush received a call that the office had been burglarized. Security footage didn't show burglars but about eight officers “lounging” in the office.

“They had their feet up on the desk, one was asleep on my couch in my campaign office,” Rush said. “One had his head down on his desk. One was on his cell phone. They even had the unmitigated gall to go and make coffee for themselves and to pop popcorn, my popcorn, in my microwave.”

The congressman accused the officers of relaxing while looters were “within their reach” and called the incident a “personal embarrassment” to her.

"And I can tell you one thing for certain, not one of these officers will be allowed to hide behind the badge and go on and act like nothing ever happened," Lightfoot said. “Not anymore. Not in my city, not in your city.”

13 officers total, including supervisors, entered the office at differing times as the shopping mall where it was located was a target for looting.

“Their conduct will confirm the perception that too many people on the South and the West Side were left to fend for themselves,” Lightfoot said. “That police don’t care if black and brown communities are looted and burned.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown offered a personal apology to Rush during the press conference and proceeded to condemn the behavior of the officers.

Photos by Getty Images

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