Two Democrats who supported police reform in Philadelphia and Chicago had been both carjacked at gunpoint within 24 hours of every other.
Illinois negate Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) modified into targeted in suburban Chicago on Tuesday evening, whereas Congresswoman Mary Happy Scanlon (D-Pa.) modified into carjacked Wednesday afternoon after an event in South Philadelphia.
Lightford modified into driving with her husband, Eric McKennie, in Broadview at about 9: 45 p.m. when three masked suspects in a Durango SUV hijacked the couple’s dusky Mercedes.
Police stated “more than one gunshots” had been fired for the length of the incident nonetheless Lightford and her husband weren’t bodily misery.
The suspects fled in the Mercedes and Durango, in retaining with police.
Lightford, the negate Senate majority chief, stated in a commentary that she modified into composed attempting to course of the trauma.
“First of all I’m thankful that my husband and I are alive and bodily unharmed. I’m attempting to course of the trauma of what came about. I are attempting to thank every person who has offered their savor and aid,” she stated.
Her ordeal came hours sooner than Scanlon, a fellow Democrat, modified into carjacked at gunpoint in a separate incident as she returned to her blue Acura MDX at about 2: 45 p.m. Wednesday.
Scanlon modified into targeted in South Philly by two males in a depressing SUV who demanded she give up her keys, police stated.
Her within most cellular phone, authorities-issued phone and purse had been within her automobile when the carjackers took off.
Scanlon’s spokesperson stated she modified into “bodily unharmed” following the ordeal.
Her automobile modified into came for the duration of in neighboring Delaware with 5 suspects within honest hours later, in retaining with police.
The suspects, whose names weren’t straight launched, had been all in custody Thursday.
Mayor Jim Kenney stated he modified into “appalled to be taught of this violent crime” in opposition to the congresswoman, whom he described as his best friend and colleague.
“My ideas are with her for the length of what I’m obvious is a tense time,” he wrote on Twitter.
“All and sundry deserves to feel stable in our metropolis, and sadly that hasn’t consistently been the case this yr. It’s disheartening and infuriating that criminals feel emboldened to commit this sort of reckless crime in the center of the day in what desires to be a effect of peace — one in all our metropolis’s parks.”
Both Scanlon and Lightford enjoy previously spoken out about police reform — especially in the wake of George Floyd’s loss of life in Minneapolis final yr.
They both co-backed payments in their respective areas of work that called for psychological properly being experts to be dispatched moderately than police to some incidents.
“Now we enjoy considered too many lives taken and communities devastated by police brutality and racial profiling,” Scanlon tweeted after Floyd’s loss of life. “Action is long past due. @HouseDemocrats are struggling with for REAL reform in our nation’s police departments. #JusticeInPolicing.”