The mayor of Chicago, Lori “Beetlejuice” Lightfoot, who suggested the city remove $80 million dollars from the police budget, apparently has more than seventy officers on her protection detail.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat who proposed cutting a huge $80 million from the Chicago Police Department budget in 2020, has a personal police unit consisting of a whopping 71 officers to protect her, and blamed some of her personal need for protection on former President Trump, telling the Chicago Sun-Times, “When the president of the United States uses the world’s largest megaphone and platform to target you personally, terrible things happen. And he not only blew a dog whistle, he pointed really evil and dangerous people right at my doorstep.”
The special unit, named Unit 544, now is comprised of 65 officers, five sergeants and a lieutenant, but that’s not all; “Lightfoot also has a separate personal bodyguard detail, which includes about 20 officers, the records show,” The Sun-Times noted.
Most big cities have a protection detail, but the average amount of personnel is maybe ten to fifteen. Seventy-one officers is ridiculous, and it removes personnel from patrol.
John Catanzara, president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police, commented, “While murders are soaring, while districts are barebones for manpower, all that matters is protecting her castle.”
Catanzara isn’t wrong. Homicides are skyrocketing in Chicago, as always, and most of those officers would be better served fighting crime on the street, as opposed to sitting in patrol cars outside Beetlejuice’s residence.