Chicago protest: After thousands march for justice in 13-year-old Adam Toledo's killing, police prepared for more rallies

Chicago protest mostly peaceful; some clashed with police

ByEvelyn Holmes KGO logo
Saturday, April 17, 2021
CPD prepared for Chicago protest Saturday after thousands gather in Logan Square
Thousands of people marched through the streets of the Logan Square neighborhood Friday to demand police reform after video was released that showed 13-year-old Adam Toledo's fatal shooting.

CHICAGO -- Thousands of demonstrators rallied and marched in Chicago, one day after the city released video of the Chicago police shooting that claimed 13-year-old Adam Toledo's life. The city is prepared for more protests as the weekend continues.

By 6 p.m. Friday, several hundred people had gathered in Logan Square Park with plans to march to Mayor Lori Lightfoot's house nearby, though police barricades kept them from getting too close.

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Demonstrators are rallying in Logan Square Park with plans to march to Mayor Lori Lightfoot's house nearby.

The group grew to thousands as they marched through the neighborhood. Many in attendance said they were there to protest a system of policing that simply isn't working, and they wanted the mayor to hear that message.

"On social media, there's a ton of people that still deny this is even an issue, and so if you stop showing this, conversation stops," Chicago resident Gerald Parker said.

The event was largely peaceful, but as it came to an end around 10 p.m., a small group of protesters still lingering in the streets began scuffling with police.

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At least two people were arrested in connection with the protest.

Activists continue to call for police reform, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants Chicago police to have a revised policy in place before summer, as the Adam Toledo case has critics calling out the city for resisting reform on foot pursuits for several years.

Ahead of Thursday's emotional events, the city and some businesses prepared for the possibility of violence. Windows were boarded up and city vehicles stood ready to block traffic, scenes reminiscent of last spring, after George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody.

An online vigil is scheduled for Saturday night, and a small peace walk is expected Sunday, but Chicago police are prepared for the possibility of more protests throughout the weekend.