911 Dispatcher Keith Thornton says Chicago is “a city that caters strictly to criminals who target the innocent”
CHICAGO, IL – Keith Thornton, the 9-1-1 dispatcher who coordinated the response for officers shot in the line of duty, was working again when mobs of young people allegedly killed a teenager.
In August of 2021, Thornton coordinated a response during the shooting of Chicago Police Officer Ella French and her partner. French was killed, and her partner was wounded in the shooting.
Slain Chicago police Officer Ella French will be remembered for her love of animals at the Anti-Cruelty Society Bark Fundraiser. https://t.co/8tOioFolLI
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) May 9, 2022
Thornton organized backup in seconds when the traffic stop turned into someone open firing on the police.
Thornton said on the recorded call:
“I got an officer down 10-1, 10-1.
Six-three and Bell.
Shots fired at the police.
He calmly kept the airwaves open while help arrived. He quickly became popular on social media for his response.
Thornton is a police communication operator with Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
911 dispatcher Keith Thornton Jr. calls Chicago a ‘city that caters strictly to criminals who target the innocent’ https://t.co/xlKzydiVy3 pic.twitter.com/KBKHbeoSP5
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) May 16, 2022
Over the weekend, Thornton was on duty and served as a calm communicator during the alleged killing of a teen by packs of young people.
not really relevant. but (PCOII) Keith Thornton is holding it down on the ones and twos for Zone 4 during this disturbance downtown. #Chicago
— Spot News (@SPOTNEWSonIG) May 15, 2022
He commented on Facebook:
“Chicago is in a death spiral and has quickly turned into a city that caters strictly to criminals who target the innocent.
There is absolutely no accountability and there are no consequences for bad or even deadly behavior.
Many parents have stopped parenting and most politicians have forced our police officers to stop policing in such a way that they should.”
In December of 2021, Thornton went live on Facebook and said:
“This mayor does not care about Chicago police officers, period.
She doesn’t care about any first responders.
She don’t care about the damn city.
Doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, Asian, Hispanic, other.
Democrat or Republican.
She doesn’t even care about her city workers.
All that lady cares about is her f—ing self.
And I pray you’re watching this because you’re a disgrace.
And I’m tired of it, and your city is tired of it.
Matter of fact, it’s not your city.
The city of Chicago is tired of it.”
CHICAGO, IL – A police dispatcher for the Chicago Police Department has apparently had enough with the violence he has heard first hand in his city and is speaking out about it.
The dispatcher took to social media to speak out against city leaders and referred to the area as a ‘death zone.’
Keith Thornton, a Chicago Police Dispatcher, reached notoriety for his handling the night that Chicago Police Officer Ella French was killed and another injured.
Now he is making news once again, but this time for calling out the leadership in Chicago, specifically alleging that Chicago Police Superintendent Dave Brown lied to a community meeting when he told those in attendance the 16th district had plenty of officers to provide safety.
Thornton took to his personal Facebook Page and decided to blast city leaders in a video that lasted almost thirty minutes over police staffing issues and the city mentality when it comes to criminal justice.
Thornton spoke specifically of the 16th District and noted that on December 23rd, nine of the 14 police units that were assigned to that area were down, which left that area with only five police officers. He said:
“It’s [staffing] outrageous and I’m not happy. The ones that are white are the ones that have beat cars. The ones that are scratched out, they’re down. So you have no police coming.”
Thornton panned to the parking lot of the district to show the number of police cars that were just parked in the parking lot as an example of the lack of officers working.
He then spoke about the lack of safety police officers are feeling due to the staffing shortages and noted that he receives several text messages about it.
“When I’m getting text messages from officers telling me that they’re afraid for their safety because they’re working by themselves and then the beat next to them, to back them up, isn’t there because the cars are down, that’s a problem. That’s a safety concern.”
Thornton went further to warn citizens and visitors alike of being in the Windy City. He said:
“If you are a Chicagoan, living here or doing business here, even just visiting as a tourist here, your safety is compromised and in jeopardy.”
One of the people who took notice of Thornton’s Facebook video was City Alderman Nick Sposato who intends on meeting with the superintendent over manpower concerns. Sposato said:
“We have to fight for crumbs. Since we are in a city that believes in socialism, give us our fair share and even things out. Start helping us on the Northwest Side and give us more bodies.”
Sposato alleges that the 16th area is significantly understaffed compared to when he first took office in 2011 and then needs more to keep the area safe. He said:
“We need at least 50 bodies. We are losing them at a rapid rate. I feel we get punished in the 16th District for being a safe community.”
City Alderman Anthony Napolitano also weighed in on Thornton’s comments and said that he agreed with them, but noted that they are the same words he and others have said for several years. He said:
“My residents deserve to feel safe, and they don’t anymore. I agree with the stuff the dispatcher said. But it’s all stuff we’ve been saying for seven years.”
Thornton spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times regarding his recent Facebook video and the comments he is receiving because of it. He said:
“I think it’s fantastic. It’s getting them [city leaders] to do their jobs.”
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