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Protesters take ‘freedom ride’ to support former Columbia student charged with hitting cop with skateboard at protest

October 5, 2020

A crowd of demonstrators gathered outside of the Cook County State's Attorney's office last week with skateboards and picket signs protesting Jeremey “Mohawk” Johnson's electronic monitoring. ...

Protesters congregated at Federal Plaza on South Dearborn Street to hold a rally about the recently postponed

Hundreds march calling for the removal of ICE’s “Citizen’s Academy Initiative”

September 16, 2020

Standing across the street of the Field Building, home of Chicago's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, hundreds of protesters representing dozens of organizations waved Mexican flags...

Yosef negotiates with CPD Director of Public Engagement Glen Brooks to allow protesters at the corner of East Ohio Street and North Michigan Avenue into the street.

Magnificent Mile temporarily shut down for protest, vigil honoring Black lives lost

August 30, 2020

White signs tied in a row on a long string swayed in the wind with the names of Black and Brown Americans killed by police officers. The signs were created as part of a protest meant to shut dow...

Police set up roadblocks with bikes and metal barricades to halt any attempt for protesters to cross the bridge.

Police and city departments conduct safety drill in Central Business District

August 29, 2020

Update: Story updated at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 to reflect more recent protest activity in Downtown Chicago. The city prepared for more protests on the Magnificent Mile Saturday evening challenging ab...

Protesters turn onto Wabash Avenue chanting “The people united will never be defeated.

Chicago students stand in solidarity for police-free campuses

August 2, 2020

Students from eight Chicago universities and colleges, and others from schools outside the city, came together for a block party to demand police-free campuses and celebrate strength in numbers. ...

Nearly 200 Chicagoans came out to support the Back the Blue rally, many holding American flags in support of American law enforcement.

‘Black Lives Matter’ counter-protest causes friction with ‘Blue Lives Matter’ demonstration

July 26, 2020

Separated by a metal fence and a line of police officers with bikes, Blue Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter demonstrators came to a standstill in the South Loop Saturday. Blue Lives protesters—many ...

FYI: What defunding the police could mean for Chicago

July 24, 2020

“Defund the police” has become a rallying cry for the many activists protesting police brutality. The phrase itself has been used for decades and pushes for local governments to divest funds from police...

The Chicago city council decided to delay a vote on a police misconduct settlement involving more than 175,000 files until September.

City Council delays vote on $500,000 police misconduct settlement until September

July 22, 2020

The Chicago City Council today decided to delay a vote on a $500,000 police misconduct settlement that also involves five decades of police misconduct records until the fall. "This is a victory for tr...

Four Chicago police officers involved in the 2014 Laquan McDonald case were fired Thursday. Three were fired for making

Four police officers fired for their part in Laquan McDonald shooting, cover-up

July 18, 2019

Four police officers were fired by the Chicago Police Board Thursday night for their involvement in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The officers allegedly attempted to cover up...

EDITORIAL: Young people need spaces and understanding, not policing

EDITORIAL: Young people need spaces and understanding, not policing

April 26, 2019

Since about 30 teenagers were arrested in the South Loop the night of April 17, police reports and eye-witness accounts have been mixed. The Chicago Tribune reported that about 500 teens were traveling...

EDITORIAL: CPD must fix its spying by increasing transparency

EDITORIAL: CPD must fix its spying by increasing transparency

March 9, 2019

The Chicago Police Department has been monitoring the social media accounts of Chicagoans for five years beginning in 2014, according to documents released Feb. 27 by the department after a lawsuit, according to television station...

EDITORIAL: Abortion must be accessible, not just legal

EDITORIAL: Abortion must be accessible, not just legal

February 28, 2019

The Trump administration announced a new rule Feb. 22 that will prevent any organization that provides abortions or abortion referrals from receiving Title X family planning funding unless they provi...

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