Alderman Raymond Lopez’s Home Vandalized: Garage on Fire
Alderman Raymond Lopez’s home vandalized by an unknown person overnight and just an hour after, the garage next door was set on fire in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
Bricks were thrown through the window of 15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez’s home and Lopez tweeted photos of the damage and added: “gang bangers think they can intimidate me & my family b/c I want my residents to be free of their tyranny.”
Alderman Lopez also tweeted a video of the time Alderman Raymond Lopez home vandalized, the video showing the offender breaking windows of the house.
He says the below video shows someone casing his house and then attempting to break the windows of his house.
Chicago police said a brick was thrown through the window of the home in the 4000-block of South Artesian Avenue and then about an hour later, the garage of the home next door was set on fire.
The Chicago Fire Department said it responded to the fire. No one was injured and the fire was out when firefighters arrived.
Police are investigating after Alderman Raymond Lopez’s Home Vandalized
No one is in custody and police are investigating.
Lopez addressed the media Thursday morning to discuss the vandalism. He said he is convinced the vandal was a member of a gang.
“This only proves that the threat that I pose to gang members is real if it’s forcing them to take these kinds of drastic actions that my own home,” Lopez said.
Lopez said he is working to end gang violence in Chicago neighborhoods. He said he has been threatened in the past.
“My residents deal with this daily communities across Chicago deal with this daily, and it has to stop. There are more good people willing to step forward.”
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He said while this is a singular incident, many families are dealing with “domestic terrorism.” He said his mission is to put an end to the violence.
Mayor Lightfoot and Lopez, one of her harshest critics, engaged in an angry and foul-mouthed argument over the city’s handling of the widespread violence during the recent looting and protests in Chicago.
During a conference call with all 50 aldermen on May 31 to discuss the city’s response to the looting, Lopez accused the mayor of being unprepared when looting spread from downtown to the neighborhoods that weekend.
Lopez and Lightfoot have been at odds throughout her time in office, and he’s been one of the most consistent votes against her in City Council, having called her 2020 budget plan “bloated” and no more than smoke and mirrors.