U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Friday that he recently became the latest Democrat to have a too-close-for-comfort experience with urban crime.

The 76-year-old senator’s ordeal final weekend prompted David Axelrod, a former high adviser to former President Barack Obama, to name on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a fellow Democrat, to declare a “public safety emergency” in America’s third-largest metropolis.

“Last Saturday night,” Durbin instructed reporters, “my wife and I went out to eat, downtown Chicago, with another couple – several couples – and we were driving home on Lake Shore Drive about 10 o’clock on Saturday night.

Suddenly, “I heard a popping sound,” Durbin recalled, according to Chicago’s WBBM-TV. “I didn’t know what it was. The driver of the automotive stated, ‘Those are gunshots.’ It turned out to be the automotive subsequent to us.

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“The driver [of the other car] was leaning out the window and shooting into the air,” the senator continued. “He could have just as easily been shooting the gun at us.

“He might have simply as simply been capturing the gun at us.”

— U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill, Oct. 15, 2020.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill, Oct. 15, 2020.
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“Sadly,” he added, “that’s what happens way too often.”

Durbin and his spouse have been unhurt. But the senator’s expertise got here somewhat greater than two months after a former Democratic colleague – former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California – was attacked and robbed of her cellphone in Oakland, California.

In that incident, 80-year-old Boxer was shoved within the again because the assailant grabbed her telephone after which jumped right into a ready automotive, a social media put up from her workplace stated on the time.

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Axelrod’s recommendation

Reacting to Durbin’s story, former Obama adviser David Axelrod stated Chicago Mayor Lightfoot ought to contemplate doing “what mayors don’t like to do,” based on FOX 32 of Chicago.

David Axelrod

David Axelrod
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Axelrod stated Lightfoot wanted to confess that Chicago’s gun violence downside is “more than we can handle here at city government,” and urged that voters might blame the mayor if shootings aren’t successfully addressed earlier than she seeks reelection in 2023.

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He suggested Lightfoot to type partnerships with native companies, rent extra detectives and encourage extra members of the general public to return ahead as witnesses to assist cut back crime, FOX 32 reported.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks in Chicago, July 23, 2020.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks in Chicago, July 23, 2020.
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“We need not just one idea, we need to do it all simultaneously,” Axelrod stated.

Chicago noticed killings rise by 56% in 2020 and is seeing greater numbers this 12 months, based on FBI figures, Axelrod instructed FOX 32.

In late September, Lightfoot unveiled a $16 billion metropolis funds plan that calls for reinforcing police spending to $1.9 billion, up from $1.7 billion this 12 months, the Chicago Tribune reported.