Anti-violence protesters march over police misconduct in Chicago

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2018

Livingston said the thriving neighborhood around the ballpark - an area with million-dollar homes, prospering businesses and thriving public schools - starkly contrasts with the poverty that besets some of Chicago's most violence-plagued neighborhoods on the South and West sides. The Cubs have assured fans they will be able to safely enter Wrigley Field without disruption. Chicago police performed rolling street closures as the march progressed, creating traffic headaches across the North Side. Once there, they chanted "one city, one Chicago" and "Rahm has to go", as fans watched from inside the park.

Police say there were no arrests during the demonstration. They began marched north up Lake Shore Drive before exiting and looping back around to Belmont Avenue.

Organizers hoped the march would draw attention to violence, corruption and the lack of economic investment in the city's African-American neighborhoods.

Joining the march were people opposing the policies of the Trump administration and members of the Communist Party USA.

About 200 protesters are marching along Chicago's Lake Shore Drive toward Wrigley Field to demand more government action against gun violence.

Police shut down parts of the roadway that stretches along Lake Michigan to make way for the demonstration.

The protest comes during a busy tourism week for Chicago, with the annual Lollapalooza music festival starting Thursday in downtown Grant Park. Hardiman says with the disruption will do is force people on the city's North Side to pay attention to the problems residents of the South and West sides grapple with every day. And as the weather gets warmer, gun violence has reportedly been on the rise in the city.

The protesters are also demanding the resignation of Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel for failure to stem gun violence.

The anti-violence protest is the second in less than a month to target the shutdown of a Chicago expressway, a tactic created to maximize exposure for the message.

Anti-violence protestors took to the streets of Chicago to march for the "forgotten" people as tensions continue to rise in the troubled city. While Emanuel endorsed Pfleger's event, the organizers of Thursday's march made it clear they did not want the mayor's support, even carrying a banner which read, "#ResignRahm: "End the Tale of Two Cities.

After that meetings, the brothers accompanied Schwarber to Wrigley Field where they will take in batting practice from the field before watching the Cubs face the Padres tonight at 7:05 PM.

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