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Viral reporter William J. Kelly says hold Mayor Lightfoot responsible for 2020 riots, crime

Chicago, IL, June 21, 2022 - Intrepid Chicago reporter William J. Kelly, who has been going viral with his reporting on Mayor Lightfoot's failures on violent crime, has announced public hearings on the Chicago riots to be held on August 6th. In a video message, Kelly says that the hearings will continue until all testimony from the victims of Chicago crime and violence have been taken.

Kelly says that while D.C. politicians hold hearings into January 6th, they've ignored the impact of the death and destruction of the George Floyd riots on America's cities. "The Washington elite looked the other way while cities like Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles and New York burned," Kelly says. "When asked, Democrat leaders like Mayor Lori Lightfoot refuse to answer why the perpetrators of these crimes haven't been brought to justice. The people deserve answers."

Public hearings are planned for other major cities impacted by the George Floyd riots.

Kelly says the riots triggered a massive surge in violence in cities like Chicago, which has resulted in double and triple digit increases in murders, shootings, carjackings, sexual assaults and organized retail theft that has turned Chicago's Magnificent Mile into the Mile of Fear. Chicago is now ranked last in hotel occupancy rates among the top 10 major cities, signaling declining tourism, which experts say is due to violent crime. Lightfoot has denied this.

Kelly says tourists aren't wrong. Over the Juneteenth holiday weekend, 61 people were shot and 10 killed in Chicago. On Friday, a violent mob swarmed and terrified an elderly man in his car. The video has since gone viral.

In a video that went viral, Chicago reporter William J. Kelly questioned Mayor Lightfoot on the Chicago Riots of 2020 and her role in justifying violent protest. Last month, Kelly appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight after going viral by asking Lightfoot how she could possibly consider running for re-election "after all the harm she's caused." The video, now viral with millions of views, has been seen on Fox News, Daily Mail UK, Newsweek, MSN, and others.

To attend and testify at the hearings, victims, their families and Chicago retailers and restaurant owners who have been harmed by Chicago's violent crime epidemic may RSVP at

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