Keith Thornton, Jr., a Chicago 911 dispatcher, announced that he has resigned from his job, citing as a reason the total lack of any support or encouragement for law enforcement from the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, and other Democratic city officials.
Thornton appeared on “Fox & Friends First” to talk about the city’s multiplying crises, including the rampant lawlessness and burgeoning criminality that finally caused him to resign in disgust from his job as a dispatcher.
“We know you love your job—why did you decide to resign?” co-host Carley Shimkus asked him.
“You know…it’s a very bittersweet week for me,” Thornton replied, “but with no leadership, I’ve said this over and over, no transparency from the City Hall here in Chicago and just a very negligent administration, it was just time. I’m tired of it, and I can talk the talk, like many people do, or I can walk the walk, and I’ve decided to do that, so I can be more of an advocate and get my voice out there more to make Chicago what it needs to be. This is not happening by being where I’m at now within that position.”
Fox News Digital reports that arrests in the Windy City have plummeted drastically, with police making arrests in only 12% of cases last year—the lowest rate in twenty years. And it has nothing to do with a sudden decrease in the city’s crime rate; rather, it has much more to do with new left-wing policies implemented to rein in policing and impose severe curtailments on what the city’s police officers can and cannot do.
Thornton had no qualms about placing the blame squarely where it belongs: on Major Lori Lightfoot’s shoulders.
“Her ego’s bigger than the crime level here in Chicago. She gets on the TV with her media…and constantly, every week, every other day, they’re saying the stats are down with violent crime, and people shot and homicides—listen, being on the other side of a radio as a dispatcher in Chicago, I’m like ‘this is nonsense.'”
“I can’t answer why she’s doing it,” Thornton continued, “but I can answer why I’m stepping aside: because I don’t stand for that, and it’s wrong.”
Thornton was also asked to explain what people should know about crime in Chicago over the past two years, and he was unsparing in his criticism of the mayoral administration’s handling of the crisis.
“The crime has always been rampant in Chicago, but it has never been to the point that [it is] under the direct leadership of Mayor Lightfoot. You know, they let these people in and out of jail, you’ve got [District Attorney] Kim Foxx doing her thing, with just a revolving door, but I can tell you that listening to these people call, with people shot right there while I’m listening and my colleagues were listening—it’s sad, because we’re supposed to tell these citizens a bunch of fluff and nonsense, that they have resources and police coming to the scenes, and there’s hours and hours before we actually can get a lot of these officers to many of the scenes throughout the entire city.”
“I don’t know what to say about the mayor and her administration,” he concluded, “because what they’re saying is just a bunch of lies, and it’s just so sad, and I really hope that we can kind of change this corruption going on right here in Chicago.”
As far as Thornton’s future plans are concerned, he wouldn’t commit to whether he’s mulling a run for office, but says he’ll continue as an advocate for law enforcement and for the city he loves.
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