NATO Protesters

Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly

Trial Begins For ‘NATO 3’ Protesters Accused Of Firebomb Plot

Defense attorney Sarah Gelsomino told the jury that her clients don’t represent a terrorism case. “Not even close,” she said, arguing that prosecutors have exaggerated the defendants’ actions.


Occupy Chicago protesters rally at the Thompson Center on May 29, 2012, to decry the treatment demonstrators faced from police during the NATO Summit and to demand the city reopen shuttered mental health clinics. (Credit: CBS)

Occupy Chicago Calls For City To Reopen Mental Health Clinics

A small but very vocal Occupy Chicago protest group marched through the Loop Tuesday afternoon, demanding some sort of compensation for what they say were the injuries they suffered during the NATO protests.

CBS Chicago–05/29/2012

Military veterans with the groups Iraq Veterans Against The War and Vietnam Veterans Against The War hold a Memorial Day ceremony to call for an immediate end to the war in Afghanistan. (Credit: CBS)

Veterans Who Threw Away Medals At NATO Summit Mark Memorial Day

CHICAGO (CBS) — Veterans who returned their medals to NATO just over a week ago gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at on the Chicago River on Monday, to talk about their feelings on Memorial […]

CBS Chicago–05/28/2012

Christopher French (left) is accused of pushing a Chicago police officer trying to make an arrest during an anti-NATO protest march on May 20, 2012. Alex Cerajewski (right) is accused of hurling two Gatorade bottles at police and urging “Black Bloc” anarchists to blend in with other protesters. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Two More Anti-NATO Protesters Facing Charges

Two more anti-NATO protesters have been charged with felonies, in the wake of Sunday night’s demonstrations in downtown Chicago.


Police Supt. Garry McCarthy stands with Chicago police officers during a protest march during the NATO Summit. (Credit: Helen Marshall/WBBM Newsradio)

McCarthy Gets High Praise For Leading From The Front During NATO

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has been getting high praise from city leaders, Chicago residents, and rank-and-file officers, for leading from the front lines during confrontations between police and protesters during the NATO summit.

CBS 2–05/22/2012

A Chicago Police officer puts away her gas mask during a protest of the NATO Summit in Chicago on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Several officers donned gas masks, after an apparent miscommunication, when word spread that some protesters had put on gas masks. (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy: Cops Donning Gas Masks During Protest Result Of ‘Miscommunication’

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Monday it was just a miscommunication this weekend, when police officers at Sunday’s anti-NATO demonstration began putting on their gas masks.

CBS Chicago–05/21/2012

Daley Plaza was practically empty on Monday, May 21, 2012, on the second day of the NATO Summit, as many downtown businesses were closed, or encouraging employees to work from home. Normally, dozens or hundreds of people are in the plaza during weekdays. (Credit: CBS)

NATO Summit Not Good For Some Businesses

It’s an eerie scene in downtown Chicago today, as most office buildings and stores are deserted because of the NATO summit.

CBS Chicago–05/21/2012

Protesters demonstrate outside Boeing Headquarters. (Credit: Rick Kramer/CBS Chicago)

Anti-NATO Group Rallies Outside Boeing, Obama Campaign HQ

As NATO officials were wrapping up their summit in Chicago, anti-NATO protesters marched to Boeing headquarters Monday morning before turning their attention to President Obama’s campaign headquarters on the other side of the Loop.

CBS Chicago–05/21/2012

Anti-NATO protesters make their way down State Street. (Credit: Mason Johnson/CBS Chicago)

Protesters Rally Outside NATO Summit After March From Grant Park

Thousands of anti-NATO activists were staging a rally outside McCormick Place during the NATO summit Sunday afternoon, after marching from Grant Park.

CBS Chicago–05/20/2012

Army National Guard veteran Aaron Hughes shows off his Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, which he plans to return during a protest rally at the start of the NATO Summit in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Veterans Announce Plans To Give Back Medals During NATO Protest

A handful of soldiers gathered Thursday morning at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on the Chicago River, to announce their opposition to NATO, and announce that they’re giving back their service medals on Sunday, at the start of the NATO summit.

CBS 2–05/17/2012

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Protesters March To Obama Campaign HQ, NATO Member Consulates

Some 150 anti-war and anti-NATO protestors marched to the Prudential Building on Thursday afternoon, unsuccessfully seeking a meeting with a representative of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign headquarters.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2012

A busload of 45 anti-NATO protesters arrived in the Lakeview neighborhood on May 16, 2012, after a 38-hour trip from New York City. (Credit: CBS)

First Bus Of Out-Of-Town Protesters Arrives In Chicago

The first wave of anti-NATO protesters from out of town arrived in Chicago on Wednesday, four days ahead of the NATO summit.

CBS 2–05/16/2012

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy discusses police strategy for handling the large protests expected before and during the NATO summit in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

McCarthy Confident Police Can Handle NATO Protests

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Wednesday that Chicago police officers assigned to NATO protest duty have passed their first test ahead of this weekend’s NATO summit.

CBS Chicago–05/16/2012

A Buzy Bee Board Up worker places a sheet of bulletproof glass over the glass door to an apartment building at 2210 S. Michigan Av., ahead of the NATO summit in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

NATO Summit Security Worries A Boon For Board-Up Business

The NATO summit is almost here, and while Mayor Rahm Emanuel has insisted it will be business as usual for most of the city, at least one business is profiting from the heightened security in Chicago.

CBS 2–05/16/2012

Anti-NATO protesters arrested for trespassing at the building housing President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters are loaded into a Chicago Police squadrol on May 14, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

7 Of 8 Protesters Arrested At Obama Campaign HQ Released From Jail

Seven of the eight protesters who were arrested outside President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters on Monday were released from jail Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2012

The McCormick Place convention center complex. (Credit: CBS)

Pivotal NATO Protest For Sunday To Get Stage, Sound System

We’re starting to see more and more signs of what life will be like during the NATO summit.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2012

Jess Sundin (left), fom Minneapolis, and Joe Lombardo (right), from Albany, N.Y., are just two of thousands of people expected to come from outside the Chicago area to protest the NATO summit on May 20-21. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Preparing To Get Thousands Of Out-Of-Town Protesters For NATO

This week, you might as well call Chicago the protest capital of the world. Activists are coming here from across the country for the NATO summit, along with their signs, and guitars, and bandanas.


A military official holds a NATO flag on April 4, 2009 during the NATO summit in Strasbourg, eastern France. (MICHAEL URBAN/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO Parking Restrictions Begin, Security To Tighten Over The Week

Parking restrictions and other security measures for the NATO summit next Sunday have already started going into effect.

CBS 2–05/13/2012

Protestors gear up for next weeks anti-NATO rallies in a Chicago Warehouse. (Vince Gerasole/CBS)

NATO Protesters Begin To Arrive In Chicago

Protesters have begun to arrive in Chicago for next weekend’s NATO meetings. Hundreds are getting an orientation by attending a two-day “People’s Summit” at a South Loop warehouse.


Members of Occupy Chicago and other protest groups discuss their plans for protest rallies, marches, and other events leading up to and during the NATO summit, scheduled for May 20-21 in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Protest Groups Detail Plans For NATO Summit

Activists planning anti-NATO protests, marches, concerts and counter-summits gathered Thursday at the headquarters of Occupy Chicago to discuss a week’s worth of events leading up to the NATO summit on May 20 and 21.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2012