Thieves are said to have targeted a Neiman Marcus store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and a GameStop on the South Side on Friday night as protesters took to the streets to oppose Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal.
Chicago police would not confirm whether the thefts were related to the protests, according to FOX 32 in Chicago.
At Neiman Marcus, a group of 15 men allegedly stormed into the department store and pulled into three cars with their stolen goods.
Protesters across the country expressed their disapproval of the jury’s decision in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Friday. The 18-year-old Illinois resident shot and killed two protesters and wounded another last year during a protest in Kenosha that followed the police-involved shooting and wounding of Jacob Blake.
Kenosha is located about 66 miles north of Chicago, along the west shore of Lake Michigan.
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The protests in Chicago remained largely peaceful, according to FOX 32.
“We have to protest tonight to show these right-wingers, to show the system that we do not want to withdraw,” protester Shavvir Manjee told the station. “Because the precedent they create is that these armed vigilantes can show up to our protests, show up where we make demands, and threaten and intimidate us. And we are here to say we do not want to be intimidated.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged protesters to be peaceful earlier Friday.
“According to our constitutional system, we must respect the jury’s decision,” Lightfoot said in a statement after the verdict, according to FOX 32. But she claimed that Rittenhouse’s behavior in August 2020 was “ruthless, dangerous and showed a complete disregard for human life.”
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“No one should ever take the law into their own hands, or try to make themselves a judge, jury and executioner,” the Democrat said, offering her condolences to the families of the victims.