“Chicago police were on the (expletive) ball,” “They were the best chess players I’ve ever seen… I feel bad for the people here who are politically active.” – Laura Copeland, 26, a native Chicagoan
~ I open with O’Reilly and these must see reports, HOLD your nose with the ‘Juan’ stench & listen:
Anarchy in Chicago ~ Talking Points/Top Story 5/21
Note: Bill tells Laura ‘ Obama, Do you STILL support the Occupy Movement?’ Bill will tell on tomorrow’s show the investigation he is doing on exactly WHERE the $$$ are coming from to pay these punks and support them. We will learn who ‘funds’ these demonstrations. A group that is allied with who of course, but SEIU. Shock. The Institute for Policy Studies in D.C. Described as An institute for progressive research and action to create a more responsible society . Who is behind them , where is the money coming from? -cough Soros-cough.
Bill tells us how he was confronted by an Occupier. Harrowing tale. Occupiers ARE TERRORISTS. I for one will be watching O’Reilly tomorrow!
ROFL because of the big bad anarchist has a Pickachu Backpack ROFL @ 0:29
Will Obama denounce ‘Occupy’? Leftist group gets violent and riots in Chicago… will the President condone?
Streets blocked off as protesters roam as of 9:34 p.m.
Various streets have been intermittently blocked off this evening downtown, including at times all northbound access to the Michigan Avenue bridge,as police try to contain protesters who remain in the Loop. The protesters have been running and stopping for about two hours, winding up and down Loop streets, turned away from any attempts to go north of Wacker Drive. At about 9:30 p.m., the dwindling group of protesters, about 100 remaining, sat in the middle of Michigan and Jackson streets, conducting a human mic general assembly about their next moves.
Police remain on alert this evening beyond the Loop, north of Chicago River. At Ohio and Michigan streets, police officers asked pedestrians for identification, and told one pedestrian that they are limiting walking and vehicle traffic in the area because of the roaming protesters.
As they have previous nights of the NATO summit weekend, some bands of protesters have remained in the Loop, hours after the protest rallies and parades have ended.
With many wearing rags and masks to cover their faces, about 200 protesters left the Congress Plaza rally spot this evening, sometimes sprinting, sometimes marching in between cars and pedestrians, stopping traffic. They chant a now familiar refrain, “Whose streets? Our streets?”
As they have all weekend, police continue to form bicycle and officer blockades at some street turns in an attempt to stay ahead of the oft-changing flow of protesters.
* Party like your crazy. March ends at Congress Plaza 6:55 p.m.
* Protests swell again in the Loop 6:13 p.m. (William DeShazer/Chicago Tribune)
* Protesters on move again 5:15 p.m.
After a virtual sit-in outside President Obama’s campaign headquarters for a few hours, several hundred NATO protesters are on the move again in the Loop. They are chanting and shouting, and police are holding up traffic for them as they march.
Protesters, mostly from the Occupy movement, took to the streets and sat down in the middle of the northbound lanes of South Michigan Avenue after spending the morning protesting in front of Boeing Corp on the final day of the NATO summit. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)
* This is the bad. bad CPD:
A Chicago Police officer poses with the sign that Susann Doveikis-West, right, brought downtown today. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune)
* NATO protest heads to Obama’s re-election headquarters 1:59 p.m.
After rallying outside Boeing Co.’s headquarters in the west Loop, protesters meandered around downtown streets, chanting slogans against the aerospace company, banks, NATO and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The protesters criticized Emanuel, saying he was a pro-war and had spent millions to host the NATO summit instead of investing in social programs to help people. Using a common theme of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protesters said Emanuel, a millionaire, was a “1 percenter.”
* JUST Hmmm (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune):
* 2 protesters (They Look 12) charged with assaulting police officers 1:13 p.m.
Yonte Harris, 19, left, and Raziel Azuara, 24, were each charged with aggravated battery to a police officer in confrontations Sunday during anti-NATO protests. (Chicago police photos)
Raziel Azuara, 24 was part of a group of protesters involved in a confrontation with police about 6:45 p.m. Sunday at 22nd Street and Michigan Avenue, prosecutors said. While the protesters tried to push east through police lines, Azuaro threw a light bulb filled with red paint at the police, striking an officer in the helmet, they said.
The bulb broke and bounced off the helmet, striking another officer in the shoulder, prosecutors said. Azuaro was captured in a photograph holding up the lightbulb just before he threw it, according to prosecutors. Azuaro has three misdemeanor convictions in his background, including a 2007 criminal damage to property charge for spray-painting “We kill cops” on a CTA window, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto.
Yonte Harris, 19, was protesting at 301 S. Wabash on Sunday night when he tried to pass a line of police on bicycles, prosecutors said. Harris “grabbed the officer’s bike and threw his leg over it,” Scaduto said. When the officer tried to gain control, a struggle ensued and Harris pushed the bicycle into the officer’s chest, she said. The officer suffered a scratch on the arm and felt pain in his knee, Scaduto said.
Harris is a community college student and has no criminal background, according to Smith. He was ordered held on $200,000 bail. Both men are charged with aggravated battery to a police officer.
* Seven at NATO complain of flu-like symptoms 10:31 a.m.
Seven NATO officials were struck with flu-like symptoms this morning, according to the Secret Service and other officials. Two were hospitalized, one at Rush University Medical Center, and five others were treated and did not require hospitalization, sources said. All seven were staying at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel, near the site of this weekend’s NATO summit.
Sources said officials were looking into whether the illness could be food poisoning, but that had not been confirmed. All seven had eaten at places in common, sources said.
The Hyatt released this statement this morning:
“We were alerted this morning that several hotel guests reported feeling ill. We have provided them with access to medical attention and are taking appropriate steps to ensure their comfort and safety. The cause of their illness is not yet determined and is being investigated.”
* Demonstrators camp outside police station 8:50 a.m. ( My old hood) Where ‘Riverview once stood’! Notice the upside down flag…Do they even have a clue what that signifies?! So IMO these punks having the audacity to turn the flag and camp outside one of the main CPD Hdqtrs? So although Riverview has been gone for 45 years, it is STILL an Amusement Park in the heart of Chicago.
Protesters camp outside the Chicago Police Department’s Area 3 headquarters on Belmont and Western Monday, waiting for the release of protesters arrested Sunday. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)
NATO protesters released to cheers: ‘That was really cool.’ 8:27 a.m.
“Walking out to that was really cool,” -Noah Brooks, 27, of New Jersey
At least 20 people arrested or detained by Chicago police during Sunday’s NATO protests were released from custody overnight, according to other protesters and representatives of a lawyers’ organization offering them free legal advice. A total of 45 people were arrested during Sunday’s protests, police said, citing unofficial numbers.
Most were taken to Area North police headquarters at West Belmont and North Western avenues, where about 30 protesters camped outside the station just before dawn while waiting for others to be released. About 80 people — including some who walked to the station from the Loop — had been outside the station at about midnight, but the crowd dwindled through the morning.
*** Next Move onto the DNC Convention in Charlotte, NC. The 2012 Democratic National Convention is about you. And the success of this convention will be determined by your participation.
So get involved, raise your voice and be heard! ( Got that Occupiers/Anarchists?! ) Give it to those who are your fans! ~ JP
~ A Million Dollar Photo to close (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune):