A violent encounter, recently caught on video, highlights the importance of being armed.
Over the last few weeks, the city of Chicago has had issues with mobs of people committing crimes and attacking people in the popular “Magnificent Mile” area of downtown. Over the weekend, two teens entered a McDonald’s in that area, and for reasons not yet known, were escorted out by a security guard.
According to police, shortly after exiting the McDonald’s, the teens, who are African Americans, hit the guard over the head with a bottle and began beating him. The guard was a middle-aged white man and a cop from a nearby Chicago suburb.
As seen in the video below (taken from inside the McDonald’s and posted to YouTube), the two teens are seen hitting the cop repeatedly, and pulling his hair. Although the video is partially obscured by a window decal, we then see the thugs start to back away from the cop, then start to leave to scene. The reason then becomes clear in the video: the cop pulls his gun on the pair.
It appears that during their struggle, the cop first tries to use his pepper spray to stop the teens from beating him, but they manage to wrestle it from him. Fearing they are about to use it, it appears then is when he is left with little choice than to pull the handgun.
Amazingly, individuals inside the McDonald’s appear to get upset only after the cop pulls his gun. They seems genuinely concerned that he might shoot the attackers, screaming “No!” and “Stop!” They appear to show little concern for the cop while he was being beaten, nor did anyone try to intervene.
The suspects are seen leaving, and no shots were fired. The cop was treated at a local hospital but no suspects were arrested, as they had fled the scene by the time police arrived.
Here is video of the attack.
Crimes of this nature have become so common in the area, Chicago police recently arrested 21 people who had participated in a mob-style attack nearby.
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H/T: CWB Chicago