Photo: C.S. Muncy
“Occupy” movement participants and an array of protest groups are among those gathering in Chicago this wekeend to demonstrate outside the NATO summit. Sunday, protesters are ramping up for the largest demonstration of the weekend. So are police and Homeland Security agents. Today, thousands of demonstrators are marching to the convention center where President Obama and other world leaders are meeting. Four men have…
been arrested on terror charges. Lawyers for the men now referred to by some protesters as the “NATO 4″ claim undercover agents set up a bomb plot, and entrapped the suspects.
NATO protests in Chicago: Police van drives into protesters, web video reporters detained, held at gunpoint (photos+video) NATO Protesters March VV 0003
Photo: C.S. Muncy
Saturday night, at about 10:40PM local time, a Chicago Police van “drove into a crowd of demonstrators who were attempting to cross westbound over the Jackson Street bridge at the Chicago River,” according to this video report and testimony from people who were present.
Chicago Police van number 6751, accelerated as it passed through the crowd, striking several people and seriously injuring one victim who was later transported to the emergency room. The extent of the victim’s injuries are not known. The driver of the van made no attempt to ascertain the condition of any of the people that were struck. Witnesses watched as the van passed through the phalanx of police surrounding the scene and drove away from the area. Had there been a civilian driving, they would certainly have been charged with a hit-and-run on a pedestrian in the roadway and taken into custody once they had been apprehended. No order to disperse had been given to the crowd…………….
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- WATCH: NATO Protesters Try To Block Police Van With Their Bodies (huffingtonpost.com)
- NATO protests in Chicago: Police van drives into protesters, web video reporters detained, held at gunpoint (photos+video) (boingboing.net)
- Arrests and allegations of brutality between Chicago police, protesters – CNN (edition.cnn.com)
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