'Back The Blue' March, 'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Square Off In Countering Downtown RalliesA few hundred pro-police demonstrators attending a “Back the Blue” march in Grant Park faced off with protesters demanding the city reduce funding for the Chicago Police Department, and devote more money to social service programs.
Chicago Police Say Peaceful Grant Park Protest Was 'Hijacked By Organized Mobs'; Mayor Lori Lightfoot Denounces 'People Who Came For A Fight, Not A Peaceful Protest'The mayor and police said organized mobs of vigilantes hijacked an otherwise peaceful protest, and pelted officers with frozen water bottles, rocks, and fireworks.
St. Louis Prosecutor Investigating Couple Who Brandished Guns At Protesters Says Governor And Trump Are Targeting HerThe office of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said on Twitter that Missouri's governor and President Donald Trump "came after her" for investigating a case.
Indiana Woman Charged In Hit-And-Run At Protest Of Racist Attack On Vauhxx BookerProsecutors charged Christi Bennett, 66, with two counts of criminal recklessness and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
'We Were In Fear Of Our Lives'; St. Louis Couple Seen Pointing Guns At Protesters Who Marched On Mayor's HomeA group of 300 protesters, chanting "resign Lyda, take the cops with you," marched after St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson read the names and addresses of demonstrators calling for police reform during a Friday afternoon Facebook Live video.
Protesters, Black Lives Matter Activists Sue To Block Indianapolis Police From Using Tear Gas On DemonstratorsThe federal lawsuit argues that the use of chemical agents and projectiles for crowd control violates the First Amendment.
City Officials Offering Free COVID-19 Testing To People Who Took Part In Protest Rallies, Marches“Getting tested is the best way to know if you have COVID-19, and the City strongly encourages anyone getting tested to schedule an appointment online if possible,” the mayors office said in a press release.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart 'De-Deputizes' Deputies Linked To Insults And Threats Toward ProtestersThe county's public defender complained that deputies had apparently posted insulting and threatening comments online after a march in support of Black Lives Matter.
Public Defender Amy Campanelli Seeks Probe Into Sheriff's Deputies' Social Media Posts After Black Lives Matter MarchCook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli has asked the county's sheriff and inspector general to investigate insulting and threatening comments apparently posted online by deputies following a march in support of Black Lives Matter.
Chicago Police Officers Ordered To No Longer Use Force To Disperse Large Gatherings"Until further notice, large gatherings will only be monitored until the crowd disperse on it's own," a CPD memo to commanders and officers states.
Protesters Set Up 'Pritzkerville' Tent City At Daley Plaza To Demand Governor Cancel Rent And Mortgage PaymentsWith more than 750,000 people filing for unemployment in Illinois since March, and rent and other bills coming due on May 1, protesters are pressing government leaders to give tenants more relief.