Hundreds of people swept through downtown Chicago early Monday, smashing windows, looting stores, and even shooting at police officers authorities said.

More than 100 people were arrested according to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown. Thirteen officers were injured during the chaos, including a sergeant. A civilian and a private security guard were shot and wounded as well.

“What occurred in our downtown and surrounding communities was abject criminal behavior, pure and simple,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “And there cannot be any excuse for it. Period.”

Leaders of almost every major city and the federal government though, have been making excuses for this criminality since May. In fact, many of those city leaders have caved to the demands of the Black Lives Matter mobs, pushing forward legislation that would either de-fund or completely abolish their police departments.

According to a report prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum, nearly half of the law enforcement agencies that “are reporting that funding has already been slashed or is expected to be reduced.”

“Nearly half of 258 agencies surveyed this month are reporting that funding has already been slashed or is expected to be reduced, according to a report slated for release this week by the Police Executive Research Forum, a non-partisan research organization.

Much of the funding is being pulled from equipment, hiring and training accounts, even as a number of cities also are tracking abrupt spikes in violent crime, the report concluded.”

Police funding in Los Angeles has been reduced by 150 million dollars, and police funding in New York has been slashed by a total of one billion dollars.

Chicago authorities made the decision to raise all major bridge access to downtown Chicago in an effort to mitigate the rioting, and prevent looters from reaching the downtown area.

Luxury department stores were ransacked as hundreds of looters caused mayhem in response to the police shooting of an armed suspect in Englewood.

Live stream footage showed one looter proclaiming “I can’t breathe,” a reference to the death of George Floyd, as she complained about being unable to remove security tags while trying to steal expensive items.

Upset with how local leaders have handled the chaos in recent months, hundreds of thousands of people in many major cities across the country have already made the decision to pick up and leave their homes in the city, fleeing for the suburbs. Thousands of others are fleeing the suburbs for more rural areas, seemingly attempting to get as far away from the chaos as possible.

In New York City for example, nearly 500,000 people have fled the city just in the past few months.   Many project millions will flee big cities for the suburbs in the coming years.

Suburban women, the demographic that polls show President Trump is doing poorly with, are not only fleeing New York’s upper west side en masse, but cities across the country.

Due to increasingly squalid conditions on the Upper West Side, including two new homeless shelters packed with junkies and registered sex offenders, longtime dwellers are departing the Big Apple with no plans to ever return.

“In the best of times, NYC is a hard place to live,” said Elizabeth Carr, one of the area’s most vocal leaders in combating mounting crime. “Now you have all this other stuff.  It’s a question for families … to have to see a guy masturbating on the corner or explain to my kids while I’m buying diapers at Duane Reade why this guy wearing no shoes is collapsed on the floor and they’re doing CPR on him.”

This violence and chaos will continue to happen unless those responsible begin to face major consequences for their actions. After many nights of rioting and looting in St Louis, almost every single rioter was released from custody, adding to the tens of thousands of violent criminals being released by state and city leaders across the US, citing COVID-19 concerns.

Hundreds of statues and monuments have been pulled down by rioters and city officials just since the end of May, and only a select few have faced tough legal repercussions. It has typically been those defending themselves from the violent mobs, or objecting to Black Lives Matter that have faced the most stringent criminal prosecutions.

Still we see our leaders at the local and federal level capitulating at every turn.  Even in the GOP, which is supposed to be an opposing force to lawlessness and proponents of law and order, we have watched Republican politicians propose and support legislation to rename military bases and remove monuments.

Thus far, no one of note in government has told the truth about Black Lives Matter or the criminality plaguing America. They don’t even have to get their hand dirty themselves, all they have to do is have Heather MacDonald or Larry Elder tell the truth for them.