A Chicago businessman says he will sue the city after police failed to respond when his supermarket was looted for the second time since May.
Walid Mouhammad’s supermarket was destroyed on Monday, when the city was looted on a large scale.
He said he had watched the looters in real-time on surveillance cameras as they opened the new steel security door he recently installed after spending $ 300,000 to repair the damage done when his store was first looted in May.
“I’ve only been open 40 days, so who is responsible for this?” Mouhammad said ABC 7 Chicago.
Walid Mouhammad’s supermarket was destroyed on Monday, when the city was looted on a large scale
Mouhammad said he watched looters through surveillance cameras as they destroyed his shop
He said the looting was worse the second time than before and that the looters not only destroyed the store, but also stole merchandise and took out the ATM.
Mouhammad said the looters spent 25 minutes in his shop, between breaking open the door and searching it.
During that time, “nobody ran into them,” he said Fox news, adding that “Officers see what’s going on, but don’t do anything.”
Mouhammad’s landlords said they had called the police several times during the looting on Monday, but authorities did not show up until it was too late.
“I called myself six times,” building owner Tommica Foster-Akin told ABC 7 Chicago. ‘The shopkeepers have called; my maintenance people called. ‘
Mouhammad wants the city to show they can protect his shop before he makes repairs to reopen.
‘I want to know if we are protected or not? I want them to take care of the small businesses, ”he told Fox News, also saying he wants to know who will be“ responsible ”for what happened to his store.
He said he had spent $ 300,000 to repair the damage done when the store was looted in May. The store is shown here after it was looted Monday
Mouhammad said looters were in his shop for 25 minutes, broke through the steel security door and then stole from the inside
He said he ‘has been through a lot’. Lots of drama, lots of stress. I don’t know what I’m going to do ‘and said he plans to sue the city of Chicago for apparently taking more than 25 minutes to respond to his call for help.
Chicago police said on Thursday that they will have an additional 1,000 cops on the street this weekend to prevent a repeat of the recent looting.
‘The looters have pointed out that we are bigger than you, that we outnumber you, you have heard that in some crowds we come back, this kind of empty threat, we are determined to use our resources as big as we should not only to protect our downtown, but our neighborhood shopping corridor, “Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said, according to WGN 9.
One of the tactics used is to arrest and prosecute anyone caught looting.
“We must show that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and are not allowed to leave prison without consequences. We as a group, not just the police, prosecutors, both the state and federal government, are committed to making that happen, ” said Brown.
Hundreds of looters caused chaos from Sunday evening to Monday after a shooting involving police in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.
Police said a man who matched the description of a suspect ran away from officers who were trying to interview him at the time. Officers claimed the man opened fire on them while he was running, so they shot him in return, leaving him with injuries that he is expected to survive, WGN 9 reported.
Police said 100 people were arrested and 13 police officers were injured in the looting.
Mouhammad wonders why the looters attacked small businesses in response to incidents like these.
He told Fox News he wanted to know “what my business has to do with it.” If you got something against the officers or whatever, why are you coming to break our business, why are you destroying us? ‘