Lightfoot Announces Support For Small Business, Kanye West Joins March – NBC Chicago


Thousands gathered in peaceful protests across Chicago on Thursday as protests and marches continued worldwide after the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Kanye West, originally from Chicago, arrived at an evening demonstration on the south side of the city.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced new support for small businesses on Friday morning.

Here are the latest developments across Chicago:

9:30 a.m .: Lightfoot announces support for small businesses

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced new small business supports alongside Jewel-Osco and community partners on Friday morning.

The press conference, held at Jewel-Osco at 6014 S. Cottage Grove Ave., can be viewed live in the video player above.

FBI investigates violent arrest at Brickyard Mall

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a violent arrest at the Brickyard Mall in Chicago that was videotaped, Cook County’s state attorney said Thursday.

“The Cook County state attorney’s office has launched an investigation into possible criminal charges related to the Brickyard Mall incident,” state prosecutor Kim Foxx said in a statement. press conference.

Family calls for justice after video shows them getting out of their car and trapped, but police at Brickyard Mall in Belmont-Craigin district of Chicago. Chris Hush reports on NBC 5

“Our office is in touch with the lawyer representing the family in the case, and is also working with the FBI which has also opened its own investigation,” she continued, adding, “We will examine the evidence and the law and see where it takes us. “

7:00 p.m .: Kanye West joins March against CPS police contract

Kanye West, appearing to try to blend in as best he could with the crowd, joined a march organized by Chicago public school students and activist Ja’Mal Green on the south side of the city.

A rapper spokesperson told NBC News earlier today that he had donated $ 2 million to the families and legal teams of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. West also set up a university savings fund for 6-year-old Floyd’s daughter Gianna.

Chicago-based artist Kanye West joined Chicago Public School students on the streets of one of the city’s many steps on Thursday, demanding that Chicago keep police outside their schools. NBC 5 Trina Orlando Reports

The protest, which West joined, took place in protest at the CPS contract with the Chicago Police Service, organizers said. The demonstration started at the CPS office in the Grand Boulevard district on the south side, followed by a march to the CPD headquarters on Michigan Avenue.

Event organizers cite the cancellation by Minneapolis public schools of his contract with local police after Floyd’s death as a reference for their demands, which include canceling the CPD contract and increasing funding for school therapists and extracurricular artistic activities, as well as compulsory education on the American history of the race taught by black educators.

6:15 p.m .: 5 km rally to protest in Chicago’s north end

Thursday, a massive demonstration of about 5,000 people took to the streets on the north side of Chicago.

Chicago public school students, teachers, parents and other students marched from Lincoln Park High School to Whitney Young High School to “oppose Chicago’s militarized and over-funded police service” and called for the creation of ‘A civilian police accountability board, among other measures to combat racial injustice, said the organizers.

6 p.m .: COPA reports more than 250 complaints against Chicago agents received since Friday

The Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability said it had received more than 250 complaints against officers since Friday, many of which involved responding to city protests over the death of George Floyd.

At least 258 complaints were reported to the city’s police watchdog Thursday afternoon, chief administrator Sydney Roberts said.

The complaints involved excessive force, denial of counsel, and unreasonable searches and seizures, said Roberts.

“COPA has formed a dedicated team of investigative staff and we have started to investigate and respond to these complaints in real time starting on Saturday,” she said.

10:45 a.m .: Hundreds of steps from Sainte-Sabine church

Reverend Michael Pfleger says about 200 people will walk from Sainte-Sabine Church to 79th and Racine to “remind America of what started all the troubles last week across this country and to say to America that it will not be allowed to continue. »Genocide of black men. “

10:00 a.m .: Health professionals organize a demonstration

Hundreds of Chicago health care providers held a silent protest outside the old county hospital to draw attention to the impact of structural racism and injustice on themselves and their patients.

Lawmakers Request Emergency Special Session

Three members of the Illinois Legislative Assembly call for an “emergency legislative session” to address criminal justice reform and the issues at the center of protests and unrest.

Representatives Kam Buckner, Curtis Tarver and Lamont Robinson sent a request for a session to President of the House Michael Madigan and President of the Senate on Wednesday.

“There is a substantial amount of legislation that deals with the reconstruction of our communities and the pursuit of justice and equality that has been introduced in the past and which is more important than ever,” said the letter.

“Our communities simply cannot wait for the November veto to address these systemic failures and the eroded trust of our neighborhoods in government, law enforcement and the criminal justice system, as well as economic development. We are in a state of emergency and must act immediately, “said lawmakers.


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