One of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s appointees is in the hospital after being beaten in front of his own house, Fox News reports.
The official is Kwame Amoaku. In 2019, he was chosen by Lightfoot to be the director of the Chicago Film Office. The purpose of the office is “to attract and enhance the production of feature films, television series, commercials, documentaries, and all forms of local screen entertainment.”
Amoaku is reported as having 25 years of experience in the film industry. He has been an “executive producer, director, assistant director, production manager, location manager, actor, and writer.”
His acting credits include ER and Prison Break.
According to the Chicago Police Department, the attack occurred on Wednesday morning, just before 8:00 am, outside of Amoaku’s house, located on the 2100 block of West 22nd Place, Chicago.
Amoaku was walking to his car when he noticed that there were three young males inside it. He, nonetheless, proceeded to confront them.
The males attacked Amoaku using various objects, and then they fled the scene in a vehicle that had been waiting for them, however, they didn’t leave for good.
The males returned to Amoaku’s house, where they beat him once again. They also robbed him before taking off a second time.
According to the police, Amoaku was then taken to the hospital. He was said to be in serious but stable condition, having sustained injuries to the head and arm.
From the ICU, Amoaku has posted several messages on Facebook providing an update on his situation. In one he wrote:
This a.m. I was attacked, beaten, and my car stolen by three kids. Thanks to all who have reached out. I’m in the ICU. I’m going to be ok.
More recently, he wrote:
I’m still here thanks to God’s Grace and Mercy. I love you all thanks for the support for me and my family. I’m gonna get through this with the love and support from you all.
Lightfoot has not provided a statement on the situation. During her tenure, Chicago has experienced an uptick in all kinds of crime.