Chicago anti-police protesters demonstrate outside mayor's home after her call with Trump

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 24th, 2020 3:09 pm

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Last Updated Jul 25th, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Hundreds of anti-police protesters gathered outside the home of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Thursday night to demand the defunding of the city's police department.

The demonstration, which was part of a larger movement dubbed the "Logan Square Lockdown," remained peaceful with no immediate reports of arrests.

Several protesters could be seen dancing in the street and celebrating after the mayor announced plans to have the statute of Christopher Columbus removed from a nearby park.

The protests came as a result of Lightfoot's conversation with President Trump about his plans to send 200 federal agents to Chicago to work with the city's police department amid the increase in gun violence.

The mayor's office said the conversation was "brief and straightforward."

"[The president] reached out to Mayor Lightfoot this evening to confirm that he plans to send federal resources to Chicago to supplement ongoing federal investigations pertaining to violent crime," the statement said, according to the Sun-Times. "Mayor Lightfoot maintains that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Attorney's office. The Mayor has made clear that if there is any deviation from what has been announced, we will pursue all available legal options to protect Chicagoans."


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