Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released the following statement in response to Toni Preckwinkle’s new ad. Lightfoot is available for comment this afternoon. Contact Nadia Perl at (510) 928-1717 or press@lightfootforchicago.com to schedule an interview.

“By using the Laquan McDonald video as a shiny object to distract from her role in the Ed Burke extortion scheme, Toni Preckwinkle proves she is not ready to lead,” said Lightfoot. “Toni Preckwinkle’s attempt to erase the tireless organizing of thousands of activists, young people, lawyers, investigative journalists, and everyday Chicagoans who rose up to demand justice is deeply concerning. It’s also concerning that Toni Preckwinkle would feature footage that can re-victimize friends, family members, and survivors of trauma.”