Remember that “demonstration” I wrote about earlier? NBC Chicago reports there was a lot more to it:
Following a violent protest at which 49 Chicago police officers were injured Friday night, the city’s police superintendent has ordered all officers to wear riot gear at similar large gatherings.
What started as a peaceful demonstration led to several clashes between police and individuals who were protesting the presence of the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park.
Approximately one dozen individuals were arrested, and at least 20 complaints were filed with the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability, some alleging excessive force, unnecessary use of pepper spray and denial of counsel.
Chicago police released video Monday that appears to show protesters jabbing officers with PVC pipe from a banner and throwing items such as rocks, fireworks and frozen water bottles.
I think I would claim that pre-sharpened PVC and certainly fireworks constituted Class II weapons, those who employed them against the police are guilty of several felonies, and anyone who knew that the pre-sharpened PVC and fireworks would be brought to the event, for example through social media, is guilty of conspiracy to commit armed violence. That was no peaceful protest.