Chicago protests resulted in two dozen arrests, 17 injured officers and at least two injured protesters
During another day of protests across Chicago, dozens were arrested and several were hurt as protesters clashed with police in the Loop Saturday.
“We were at Michigan and Wacker; we wanted to go east on Wacker, and then the cops wouldn’t let us, and there was a bike barricade with the protesters and the police,” protester Womyn Wonder said.
Demonstrators also said some officers threw bikes at them.
One protester said police demanded they empty their belongings and that officers made little to no effort to deescalate the situation.
At least one protester could be seen being taken away in an ambulance.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the day began peacefully on the South Side, but as protesters moved throughout the Loop, tension increased.
Brown said “agitators” deployed umbrellas, changed their appearance and pushed officers, and police “responded proportionately.” Some officers were injured, the superintendent said.
“A lot of officers were hit, one in particular … beaten in the head with a skateboard,” he said.
Seventeen police officers were hurt. More
The following video footage shows the initial incident that sparked yesterday’s violence and arrests, as well as the aggravated battery against a CPD officer with a skateboard. More video will be released throughout the day as it is received. pic.twitter.com/oW7Z3oGKSZ
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) August 16, 2020
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday and downplayed the violent riots in her city.
“What we’ve seen in cities all across the country, not just Chicago, is a continuing wave of protests,” Lightfoot told host Margaret Brennan. “The vast majority of these have been peaceful. But what we’ve also seen is people who have embedded themselves in these seemingly peaceful protests and come for a fight.” —Blaze
The demonstrations started Saturday with a march around noon. Later, a separate demonstration near downtown resulted in two dozen arrests, 17 injured officers, and at least two injured protesters.
…Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown said that some in the group used black umbrellas to make it harder for police to see them, pushed officers and assaulted them.
In one video released by Chicago police, a person swinging a skateboard strikes an officer. –FoxNewsDon't forget to Like Godfather Politics on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
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