CHICAGO (CBS) — Police arrested seven people Saturday night during a protest on the campus of Loyola University, including one accused of striking an officer, after they blocked an intersection and refused to leave.
Chicago police said the protesters locked arms and blocked the roadway in the intersection of Sheridan and Kenmore around 7 p.m.READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Ships Out, Shows Promise Against Variant Strains
“Due to public safety concerns, CPD issued several dispersal orders,” police said in a tweet.
CPD has begun taking students into a police vehicle after students remained in the intersection of Sheridan and Kenmore, after being asked to disperse. Approximately seven students have been taken so far. pic.twitter.com/mrgA6EERazREAD MORE: CPS Reopens Schools To Kindergarten Through 5th Graders, But Situation Is Far From Normal
— Loyola Phoenix (@PhoenixLUC) August 30, 2020
Seven of the protesters who refused to comply were arrested, including one who struck an officer, police said.MORE NEWS: 'I’m Pretty Appalled By It': Franklin Park Party Shows Attendees Without Masks And No Social Distancing
The protesters had been calling to defund the police, and chanting in support of the Black Lives Matter movement as they marched in the neighborhoods around the Loyola campus on Saturday.