In Chicago, it's news when there is no riot

Thank Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s leadership for the good news

After the video showing the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo by a Chicago cop was released, the hatches were battened down.

The media were ready. The police were ready. Mayor Lori Lightfoot was too, as she made a plea for peace. Previous police shootings in Chicago and elsewhere had produced peaceful protests followed by violence and looting.

Night passed. The sun rose.

I found no reports of violence related to the video. Credit goes to the many, many people whose anger bubbled over but engaged in peaceful protest. To Toledo’s family who called for peace.

And to Lightfoot, who neared tears as she called for peace. Especially noteworthy was her plea for people to withhold judgment until a full airing of the facts. Perhaps it is so.

As Tribune columnist John Kass wrote, other public officials were notable by their absence. Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Cook Count Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx. “Lightfoot is alone,” he wrote.

The Toledo family is not alone. I add my condolences to the Toledo family for their tragic loss.

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