Saturday, July 18, 2020
Chicago protest: Elected officials, activists condemn police actions after rally escalates near Grant Park Christopher Columbus statue - ABC7 Chicago
Protesters had initially gathered by Buckingham Fountain for a Black Lives Matter demonstration at around 5 p.m.
The crowd grew to several hundred before making their way to the Columbus statue, which the city had apparently covered in plastic.
The crowd tied at least two ropes to the statue to try to pull it down.
At that point, police tactical units arrived, deploying pepper spray. Several people, both protesters and police, were overcome by the chemical, pouring water into their eyes.
Police were still at the scene late Friday evening, while the statue remained upright.
Some members of the Chicago City Council commented on the protest on Twitter.
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa said, "Black and Indigenous Chicagoans and people from all across the city came together to do what our so-called progressive mayor refused and failed to do."