Chicago police are asking city residents to identify looters who ransacked stores using its new “Looting & Civil Unrest Videos"website.
“This was an attack on our city,” Chicago Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said during a news briefing on Wednesday. “We really need everyone’s help to identify these offenders so we can arrest and charge them. Camera footage is only valuable when our officers and detectives can identify the individuals caught on camera committing the crime. We need everyone’s help to do this.”
The website not only includes videos but also a link for residents and business owners to submit more clips or information for police.
One video displays about two dozen people breaking into a Nordstrom Rack when police arrive to keep back other looters. In another video, a man is seen wearing a mask looking at glasses inside a Sunglass Hut.
“Look at these videos,” Deenihan said. “Someone surely knows the offenders that are causing the destruction. So, please help us bring these criminals to justice. We need help to get them off the street and before a judge. These are obviously dangerous people.”
The website went live just days after 100 people were arrested and 13 officers received injuries after clashing with looters on Sunday night.
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