In a joint appearance with Gov. JB Pritzker and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in the afternoon, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Sunday Chicago has enlisted the FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. attorney’s office to help investigate the “absolutely organized and coordinated” looting and arson that marred peaceful demonstrations over George Floyd’s death.
“There’s no question some of the destruction that happened Saturday night, particularly the arsons, were absolutely organized and coordinated. We’ll learn about this over time as the investigation takes its course. But I’m confident of that so far,” Lighfoot said.
At the mayor’s request, Pritzker activated 375 military police officers from the Illinois National Guard to help secure a perimeter around downtown.