At the least 4 protest marches proceeded peacefully all through Chicago early Wednesday night as tons of of individuals seized upon the information that no Louisville police had been indicted within the killing of Breonna Taylor.
On the far South Facet, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest with St. Sabina Parish, led about 100 individuals in a march that blocked an intersection at 79th Avenue and Racine Avenue. Pfleger was joined by different South Facet church leaders in chatting with the group about spreading the Black Lives Matter message to individuals far past the neighborhoods hurting essentially the most.
Farther north, in Bronzeville, about 150 individuals stood in entrance of the Chicago Police headquarters till marching about 4 blocks north to a park the place they referred to as for police reform and denounced Chicago officers together with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, whom they characterised as caring little about making lasting change.
One speaker, Nico Jordan, 23, stated he confirmed up “to battle for my individuals, particularly Black girls.”
“I got here from a Black lady, I’ll at all times battle for them,” he stated. The upcoming election doesn’t give him hope that a lot will change on the nationwide stage as a result of he stated he considered most politicians as “corrupt.” However regionally, he stated, the frequent avenue marches all summer time give him hope. “I count on [reform] will come slowly however absolutely,” he stated.
On the park, the group took a symbolic knee for Taylor. Among the many protesters was a person waving an enormous black flag he stated represented “freedom.” The person, 40, who didn’t wish to give his identify, stated he and his flag are current at most protests as a result of he views himself as combating for “the abolition of the police.”
“They comply with their very own legal guidelines so far as I do know. Thugs with badges, we’re sick and bored with it,” he stated. “If our nation has any morality, we’d punish killer cops.”
He too stated he sees little variations between each political events, though he hopes President Trump shall be ejected from workplace come November. “Democrats and Republicans are each gamers in the identical sport, which is imposing imperialism,” he stated.
In downtown Chicago, dozens of protesters gathered on the sidewalk in entrance of Millennium Park earlier than marching by the Loop, adopted by a platoon of Chicago cops on bicycles and in autos. Just a few miles to the west, in Palmer Park, some 300 protesters gathered earlier than marching north by the neighborhood. No arrests had been reported.