Chicago 'defund the police' politician protected by police amid shooting, accused of hiding incident

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Toni Preckwinkle, a prominent Chicago Democrat who has condemned "systemic racism" in police departments and pushed to redirect funding away from law...
A prominent Chicago Democrat who has condemned "systemic racism" in police departments and pushed to redirect funding away from law enforcement has suggested she was herself a victim in a carjacking and shooting incident involving her security detail late last month – an incident that only became public knowledge on Wednesday.

Two suspects reportedly tried to hijack the car of a member of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's security detail outside her home in Hyde Park Sept. 27, ABC7 Chicago reported. Preckwinkle, who was not harmed in the incident, first addressed the situation on Wednesday afternoon.

Republican Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison told Fox News that commissioners routinely receive alerts for major and minor crimes and violence in the area, but this incident remained under wraps. He suggested that Preckwinkle may have covered up the incident. He also suggested that it was hypocritical of Preckwinkle to criticize police while maintaining her own security detail.

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"I was at my home and I heard gunshots," Preckwinkle said during a budget briefing on Wednesday. "I think it's important to say that this is a pending investigation. I can confirm that there was a violent incident two weeks ago. A member of my security detail was sitting outside my home, in his police vehicle."

According to an emergency dispatcher on the night of the incident, a Cook County Forest Preserve police officer said assailants "attempted to carjack him, [and] he returned fire at them."

The assailants fled, with one leaving a shoe behind, CWB Chicago reported. Shortly after the officer fired his gun, Chicago police responded to the call of a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound in an apartment nearby. The officers…
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