At least four protest marches were peaceful across Chicago early Wednesday evening when news broke out to hundreds of people that no police in Louisville had been charged with the murder of Breonna Taylor.
On the extreme south side, Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest with the parish of St. Sabina, led about 100 people in a march that blocked an intersection on 79th Street and Racine Avenue. Along with fellow South Side church leaders, Pfleger spoke to the crowd about spreading the Black Lives Matter message to people well beyond the most injured neighborhoods.
Farther north, in Bronzeville, about 1
One speaker, Nico Jordan, 23, said he showed up “to fight for my people, especially black women.”
“I came from a black woman, I will always fight for her,” he said. The upcoming elections give him no hope that much will change at the national level as he viewed most politicians as “corrupt”. But locally, he said, the frequent street marches throughout the summer give him hope. “I expect [reform] will come slowly but surely, ”he said.
In the park, the crowd took a symbolic knee for Taylor. Among the protesters was a man waving a huge black flag that he said was “freedom”. The 40-year-old man, who refused to give his name, said he and his flag were present at most of the protests because he saw himself as a campaigner for the “abolition of the police”.
“As far as I know, they follow their own laws. Badges, we’re sick of it, ”he said. “If our country has morality, we would punish homicide cops.”
He too said he saw little difference between the two parties, although he hoped President Trump would be expelled from office in November. “Democrats and Republicans are both playing the same game, which imperialism imposes,” he said.
In downtown Chicago, dozens of protesters gathered on the sidewalk in front of Millennium Park before marching through the loop, followed by a train of Chicago police officers on bikes and in vehicles. A few miles west, in Palmer Park, 300 protesters gathered before marching north through the neighborhood. No arrests were reported.