By Thomas Hogan, City Journal
Radical prosecutors and woke politicians in American cities have been defunding, demoralizing, and neutralizing the police—and violent crime is rising. In response, citizens have started taking the law into their own hands. This can happen in the middle of a riot, as in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, but it can also occur in a more planned, deliberate fashion. Entire neighborhoods in several cities have enlisted private security services to protect their homes and loved ones.
With more than 800 homicides in Chicago already this year and a surge in violent carjackings, residents of the city’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood have lost confidence in Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. They have created a neighborhood association and retained an armed private security force in an attempt to deter rising crime. In a tone-deaf response, Lightfoot said that she “totally understood” the fears of Chicago residents but still objected to the Bucktown residents’ efforts to protect themselves.