Chicago's looting spree was 'a planned attack,' Mayor Lightfoot says

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The recent looting of downtown Chicago was “organized criminal activity,” with people planning ahead enough to bring U-Haul vans and equipment to help them ransack stores, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

The hundreds of looters – described by officials as “car caravans” full – who made their way into Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast and Irving North neighborhoods on Sunday night into Monday morning were part of “a planned attack,” Lightfoot told TIME for an interview that published Wednesday.

“When people showed up on Michigan Avenue in the downtown area with U-Haul trucks and cargo vans, and sophisticated equipment used to cut metal, and the methods that were used, and how quickly it got spun up,” Lightfoot told the outlet, “that wasn’t any spontaneous reaction.”

More than 100 people have been arrested so far as a result of the looting spree. Police said at a Monday press conference that officials believe the events were spurred by a police-involved shooting in Englewood earlier in the day.

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