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Chicago police union boss defends ‘frustrated’ Capitol mob and insists ‘election was shady’

A Chicago Police union boss has downplayed the violence of the MAGA mob that stormed the Capitol and repeated Donald Trump‘s claims the election was rigged.

John Catanzara was labelled ‘delusional and disrespectful’ by Mayor Lori Lighfoot after saying he sympathised with the frustrations of the rioters on Wednesday.

Five people died during the storming of legislature, including a police officer who was allegedly struck over the head with a fire extinguisher by a Trump supporter.

But Catanzara, who was speaking on Wednesday night before fatalities had been confirmed, told WBEZ radio on Wednesday night: ‘There was no arson, there was no burning of anything, there was no looting, there was very little destruction of property. 

Catanzara, holding a ‘thin blue line’ American flag in solidarity with the police, faces off with a man in a photo uploaded to his Facebook page

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took to Twitter yesterday to condemn Catanzara for his comments. 'This wasn't "frustration." It was a violent insurrection. The comments by John Catanzara, Chicago FOP President, either demonstrate clear delusion or reckless disrespect for the rule of law¿or both,' she wrote.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took to Twitter yesterday to condemn Catanzara for his comments. ‘This wasn’t “frustration.” It was a violent insurrection. The comments by John Catanzara, Chicago FOP President, either demonstrate clear delusion or reckless disrespect for the rule of law—or both,’ she wrote.

An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of Donald Trump storm the Capitol on Wednesday evening

An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of Donald Trump storm the Capitol on Wednesday evening

‘It was a bunch of p****d-off people that feel an election was stolen, somehow, some way.’ 

While it is fair to say there was no arson, destruction and looting was widespread.

At least one Senator had a laptop stolen, someone made-off with Nancy Pelosi’s lectern and countless windows were smashed and offices trashed by the rabble.

THE FOUR VICTIMS OF THE CAPITOL HILL PROTESTS

  • Ashli Babbit, 35, San Diego, California – (gunshot wound)
  • Rosanne Boyland, 34, Kennesaw, Georgia (unspecified medical emergency)
  • Kevin Greeson, 55, Athens, Alabama – (unspecified medical emergency)
  • Benjamin Phillips, 50, Ringtown, Pennsylvania – (unspecified medical emergency)

Police seized guns and Molotov cocktails and two pipe bombs were discovered at the Republican and Democratic committee headquarters a few blocks away.  

Catanzara, who was elected last May to represent Chicago’s 12,000 cops, stopped short of condoning the law-breaking that unfolded.

‘Evidence matters,’ Catanzara said. ‘Until that appears, shame on them for what they did, but it was out of frustration. There’s no fights. There’s no, obviously, violence in this crowd. They pushed past security and made their way to the Senate chamber. Did they destroy anything when they were there? No.’

Since Catanzara’s interview it has emerged that a total of five people died, including four protesters and a police officer.

Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, 40, was wounded during a brawl with Trump supporters and died in hospital last night after suffering a stroke. 

The New York Times reported that he was struck with a fire extinguisher but an official said a ‘chemical agent’ could also have led to the injuries.

‘It was not clear if the blunt force had killed him; a chemical agent may have led to his death,’ a source told the Times. 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took to Twitter yesterday to condemn Catanzara for his comments.

‘This wasn’t “frustration.” It was a violent insurrection. The comments by John Catanzara, Chicago FOP President, either demonstrate clear delusion or reckless disrespect for the rule of law—or both,’ she wrote.

Catanzara has previously feuded with Lightfoot and was disciplined by Chicago PD for posing with a sign endorsing the president while wearing his uniform three years ago.

Video stills show how the cops were completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of the crowd. They breezed past them before storming into the Capitol building

Video stills show how the cops were completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of the crowd. They breezed past them before storming into the Capitol building

Video stills show how the cops were completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of the crowd. They breezed past them before storming into the Capitol building

During his interview he dismissed the concerns of Democrats and the media, calling it ‘hyperbole’ to paint Wednesday’s riot as an insurrection.

‘To call these people treasonous is beyond ridiculous and ignorant,’ he said.

‘They clearly have been ignored and they’re still being ignored as if they’re lunatics and treasonous now, which is beyond stupid.

‘It’s a whole side of the argument and, primarily, your profession is at the root of it,’ he said, referring to the news media, ‘basically championing Joe Biden the whole time.’

Catanzara made clear he ‘wouldn’t have partaken in’ the storming of the Capitol. 

However, he said that he believed there was evidence the general election in November was rigged.

‘I don’t have any doubt that something shady happened in this election,’ Catanzara said.

‘You’re not going to convince me that that many people voted for Joe Biden. Never for the rest of my life will you ever convince me of that. But, again, it still comes down to proof.’ 


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