A Chicago alderman wants to fine parents of children he claims are ‘out of control and cause 90 percent’ of the city’s problems up to $5,000.
Alderman Ray Lopez, a Democrat, is suggesting the new punishment, which would be partnered with ‘licensed family counseling.’
‘We have children who are out of control causing 90 percent of the problems, particularly as it relates to the street takeovers, drag racing and all of the other illegal activities,’ Lopez said.
Video emerged of an incident from over the weekend as a flash mob that was part of a takeover sits on top of the Tesla and repeatedly bangs on it amid a drag race. Lopez directly cited the incident in his proposal.
Overall, crime is up 25 percent in Chicago year-over-year, according to the city’s statistics.
Alderman Ray Lopez, a Democrat , is suggesting the new punishment, which would be partnered with ‘licensed family counseling’
Lopez wants the fines and counseling to apply to guardians ‘willfully and/or knowingly allow a minor in their charge to engage in a host of offenses wreaking havoc on the quality of life in Chicago neighborhoods. Those offenses range from panhandling, underage and public drinking and cannabis use, violating curfew and ‘climbing on’ cars to street takeovers and drag racing.’
He told the Sun-Times that they ‘shall be held as responsible and accountable for the activity of said minor as if they committed the acts themselves.’
In the incident over the weekend, the Tesla driver – with his back window smashed out – then speeds up and appears to hit someone with their car as crowds of people smash the car’s windows and side-view mirrors.
It is unclear why the car was specifically attacked, but there was car demonstrations going on during the time of the incident.
Chicago Police officers were on the scene along with groups of looters and spectators. But police did little in the video to stop the attackers of the Tesla or to disperse the crowd.
‘Hundreds of kids took over an intersection and began jumping on passersby trying to escape the madness,’ Lopez said. ‘These teens have jumped on buses. They’ve jumped on cars — not just downtown, but in the neighborhoods. And we have no real recourse.’
His proposed ordinance would also put paintball guns on a list of firearms that cannot be given to minors.
‘The goal isn’t just to fine parents,’ Lopez said. ‘It’s to change behavior and to help parents so that they raise better children.’
A white Tesla was targeted in Chicago over the weekend as a flash mob attacked the car on Lower Wacker Drive- a multi-level street in Chicago that is hard to navigate for some drivers
The unknown Tesla driver continued to try and break free from the scene as an unknown attacker is seen berating the Tesla driver that kept attempting to break free from the congested underground roadway
Overall crime is up 25 percent in Chicago year-over-year, according to the city’s own statistics
The Tesla keeps trying to flee the scene as it scrapes against other cars in the underground roadway, leaving its side-view mirror hanging on by a thread.
‘The driver is getting attacked by the people now,’ a nearby police scanner said in one of the videos.
One person recording from the outside of the car points the camera towards the driver and reveals a person with a black beanie on behind the wheel.
Someone else sits in the passenger seat as the driver, with a phone in one hand, reverses the white Tesla before it plows through cars driving in the opposite direction.
The car appears to break free and drive off after the confrontation.
DailyMail.com reached out to the Chicago Police Department, but officials did not respond in time for this report to provide details about the incident, or if any arrests were made.
Those involved in the raged encounter wore dark clothing on and masks covering their faces.
The Tesla driver and passenger have also not been identified.
Lower Wacker is a multi-level street in Chicago that is hard to navigate for some drivers who are unfamiliar with the road’s pattern to drop below ground.
It is unclear why the car was specifically attacked, but there were car demonstrations and large crowds during the time of the incident. Chicago Police officers were on the scene along with groups of looters and spectators
Those involved in the car attack in Chicago have yet to be named and there are no known arrests. The Tesla driver and passenger have also not been identified
It was developed in 1975 and meant to provide parking spaces for garbage trucks, as well as a place for city storage and trash.
‘Lower Wacker Drive is a whispered wonder. Chicagoans in the know use it as a way to sneak around the congested traffic and stoplights of downtown,’ Chicago Tribune reported.
Car demonstrations have been known to take over Lower Wacker, typically on Friday nights.
During the demonstrations, people drive at fast speeds and are known to make excessive noise that has been heard by residents who neighbor the roadway.
The incident come after other takeovers in many US cities, including Philadelphia where a fearless mom faced down bike thugs as they smashed through her car windows while her young children were inside.
The white Tesla made many attempts to flee the chaotic scene, and appeared to hit a person with their car after attackers jumped on top of it, kicked the vehicle and slammed it until it drove away
This news comes after a fearless mom faced down bike thugs in Philadelphia as they smashed through her car windows while her young children were inside on October 1
Nikki Bullock, 23, was traveling with her girlfriend and her two kids when they were attacked by a biker traveling with a mob of ATVs and quad bikes on October 1.
The man who was filmed stomping on her car has since been arrested after members of the public worked to identify him using the now-viral video.
The crime-ridden city of Chicago has experienced an uptick in overall crime by almost a third in September compared to the same time in 2022.
The Defund the Police movement has also taken precedence in the city as Chicago’s very own mayor has openly supported it and has knocked down the amount of police presence in the city.