Occupy Chicago Arrests
October 23, 2011 by staff
Occupy Chicago Arrests, Chicago police arrested about 130 protesters from Chicago Occupy 1 am today after the group returned to Grant Park for the second weekend of Saturday night and tried to maintain a camp in the park after the official closing time.
Police estimated the crowd that was presented to a meeting the night before reaching a peak of about 3,000 people by the time the protesters arrived in Congress Square Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway after a march from Federal Plaza the Loop.
As the 23:00 park closing time approached, more than 100 people decided to stay in Congress Park Plaza hundreds more moved into a nearby sidewalk or across Michigan Avenue, in front of park district property. Police announced several times that someone still in the park would be arrested, and before midnight, about 100 people remained in the square, which had been cordoned off with police barricades.
The square was cleared by about 2:40 am, with about 130 detainees, said the commander of Central Police District. Christopher Kennedy. A few hundred people remained on the sidewalks in the east and west sides of Michigan Avenue for a short time after the arrests over, but most of those who leave at 3 am The detainees were taken into police vans and buses Sheriff’s Department reserve police district stations.
Saturday night during an event at the Congress Plaza preceding the arrests, the protesters gave speeches talking about the case and declared their peaceful demonstration. Police filmed parts of the protest.
Police said 175 people were arrested after 1 am last Sunday, October 16, when some involved in Occupy Chicago refused to leave the square after police warnings. The arrests this morning repeats most of the same pattern, with some detainees, while other protesters were on a sidewalk nearby, singing while people were led to police vehicles.
The morning of Sunday, the protesters gathered in a tight group around a medical tent in the center of the square. They sang in a question-answer questions like “How do we get health care?” O “Fix schools,” he replied with “Taxes, taxes, taxes on the rich.” Later became the mockery of the police who surrounded them, chanting “You serve the 99 percent”, “Whose park? Our park!” and “Why is the press? That the media!”
In the hour before the start of the arrests, police surrounded the square with barricades and protesters, said he would be arrested and could not leave the square, protesters said.
Earlier during the rally, speakers, who turned the steps in front of the statue on stage, said they have no intention of leaving. Some speakers did not give a name, only referred to themselves as “one of the 99 percent.”
“When people ask me to leave, I will not go very far, and I’ll be back,” said a young man to loud applause. “The occupation is gone.”
The protesters cited a variety of reasons for their participation, from a need to increase taxes on the rich war funding, and education. The signs range from “End the Fed” for calls to tax the rich.
“I’ve been waiting for a movement like this for a while,” said University of 22-year-old graduate student from Chicago, Patrick Van Kessel.
Van Kessel, who was dressed in a suit and carried a sign saying “the separation of corporations and the state,” said he was going to put pressure on politicians to limit government’s financial influence.
Jim Krok, 34, said he was leaving because of what he feels is the lack of economic equality.
“I think this has been for a long time,” he said while pulling a bike over the crowd.
Occupy Chicago is part of a larger movement that includes Wall Street Busy Busy and addresses what participants see as an undue influence on corporate governance. The group has continuously been protesting in front of the Chicago Federal Reserve in LaSalle Street and Jackson Boulevard from September 23.
The focus of the demonstrations away from LaSalle Street have been so far the Congress Plaza, beneath the statue of 1928 “The Bowman” by Croatian sculptor Ivan Metrovic. Tonight, the activists said the area of ??your “new home”.
What the police estimated about 1,500 protesters were gathered shortly after 19:00 and began to march to Grant Park. By about 7:45, most of the demonstrators had gathered on the north side of Congress Square east of Michigan Avenue, joining a smaller contingent of people who had gathered there.
During the march, protesters key actors in the crowd and helped to keep the march route, said Kennedy.
On Saturday, the police decided they could not allow the protesters to spend the night in Grant Park, and it would be harder to bring them up and set a bad precedent for dealing with the protesters expected to come to Chicago during the summits G8 and NATO will be held in May, a police source said earlier this week.
Staff Rahm Emanuel, said this week that he consulted with the Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy before the arrests were made, and said he directed the city Department of Law to speak with the protesters “to see if we can find a way move forward so they can continue to express themselves … ”
But take Chicago has demanded that the city drop charges against the protesters before the meetings take place because the protesters believe that the arrests violated their constitutional rights.
“The First Amendment guarantees the American people the right to assemble peacefully,” the group said in a statement. “Today we are going to use that right. Occupy Chicago calls to all local citizens to stand up and join us in this fight.”
The charges against those arrested October 16 are being prosecuted in court library in Cook County misdemeanor under a municipal ordinance that gives police the authority Chicago to enforce parts of the District’s Code of Parks.
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