USA TODAYPublished 1:07 p.m. ET May 30, 2020
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not mince words at a Friday press conference when responding to President Donald Trump's tweets slamming protesters as "thugs" and saying, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
Lightfoot, the city's first black female mayor, said she took the video of George Floyd's death "personally" as a black woman.
"It's impossible for me as a black woman who has been the target of blatant racism over the course of my life not to take the killing of George Floyd personally. Watching that poor man beg for his life and for the ability to breathe and then watching the life leave him there in the streets I felt angry, I feel sickened, and a range of other emotions all at once," she said. "Being black in America should not be a death sentence."