Chicago movie boss hired by mayor in hospital after carjacking as Lightfoot says carjackers are ‘unloved’

The Chicago film bureau chief was rushed to intensive care after being beaten by three car thieves described as children – as the very mayor who appointed him claimed the carjackers only hit because they felt unloved.

Kwame Amoaku, 51, was attacked twice by three people just before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning outside his home in downtown Chicago near the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Chicago police reported that Amoaku saw three young men inside her car as he drove towards her at 7:46 a.m. in the 2100 block of West 22nd Place.

He confronted the intruders, who then attacked him and fled in a gray Dodge Caravan waiting nearby.

Moments later, they returned to the scene, beating Amoaku a second time and robbing him, before driving off in his car.

“This morning I was attacked, beaten and my car stolen by three children,” he wrote on Facebook.

‘Thank you to everyone who reached out. I’m in intensive care, I’ll be fine.

Kwame Amoaku, 51, was beaten and robbed outside his Chicago home on Wednesday morning by three youths, who stole his car

Kwame Amoaku, 51, was beaten and robbed outside his Chicago home on Wednesday morning by three youths, who stole his car

His daughter wrote on Facebook: “My father was violently attacked outside his home.

“He will be unable to work or cook for himself. Please donate if you can.

“You never think this would happen to your family. Until it does.

Amoaku was appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to head the city’s film promotion agency in July 2019.

And on Saturday, Lightfoot, who was elected in May 2019 and appointed Amoaku two months later, said young people were stealing cars because they were “unloved”.

The number of people diverted – 499 – increased by 3%.

Chicago police said 57% of carjacking suspects are minors.

“There are too many young people in this room who feel unloved, and we have to change that if we’re going to change the trajectory of their lives,” Lightfoot said, addressing an event at the Harold Washington Library for Young People. , focused on how to reduce delinquency.

The mayor said Chicago couldn’t “shut down” over public safety concerns.

Lightfoot said in February that the city’s carjacking spikes were linked to remote learning during the pandemic.

Amoaku, a seasoned film industry professional, served as stage manager beginning in 2014 for the NBC series, Chicago Fire, and the 2019 Netflix film based on the Chicago hip-hop scene, Beats.  In July 2019, he was named head of the city's Film Office, created to promote filming in Chicago.

Amoaku, a seasoned film industry professional, served as stage manager beginning in 2014 for the NBC series, Chicago Fire, and the 2019 Netflix movie based on the Chicago hip-hop scene, Beats. In July 2019, he was named head of the city’s Film Office, created to promote filming in Chicago.

Amoaku worked in the film industry for 25 years before heading the city's film bureau

Amoaku worked in the film industry for 25 years before heading the city’s film office

Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, is pictured at a town hall event at a library on Saturday to discuss youth and crime.  She said carjackings were committed because young people

Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, is pictured at a town hall event at a library on Saturday to discuss youth and crime. She said carjackings were carried out because young people ‘felt unloved’

“We started to see this increase in cases in 2020,” she said.

“And I’ll be blunt and say that in Chicago, there was a correlation that we believe between remote learning and increased carjackings.”

Shootings and homicides are down in the city so far this year.

There were 508 shootings at the end of March this year, compared to 582 shootings during the same period this time last year.

There have been 128 homicides so far this year, down 7% from the same time last year.

The West Side and South Side saw a 24% decrease in the number of people shot, down 110 from last year, accounting for nearly all of the decrease in shootings this year.

Lightfoot battled criticism over his vow to defund the police, then pay them back as crime skyrocketed, and also clashed with cops over his imposing a COVID vaccine mandate on city officials. the crime-ridden city.

Amoaku was described as bringing “25 years of experience as an executive producer, director, assistant director, production manager, stage manager, actor and writer to the position”.

Amoaku served as stage manager beginning in 2014 for the NBC series, Chicago Fire, and the 2019 Netflix film based on Chicago’s hip-hop scene, Beats.

He also had acting roles, including in Chicago Fire, ER and Prison Break.

“I am honored to join Chicago in this pivotal role in showcasing the talent, creativity and beauty found here,” Amoaku said at the time.

“The entire city is a go-to stage for incredible television and film productions and I’m thrilled to lead this office and continue to bring important projects that impact Chicago artistically and economically.”