12 arrested after Occupy protest in Chicago after alleged use of frying pan

June 7, 2012

Associated Press

One of 12 protesters arrested after scuffling with Chicago police is due in court to face a felony charge after authorities accused him of throwing a frying pan that hit an officer in the head.

Members of Occupy Chicago say Wednesday's march was in support of students in Canada who're protesting higher tuition fees and other issues.

The group was banging on pots and pans to make noise, and police say the scuffle broke out after protesters headed toward the Canadian consulate on Chicago's Michigan Avenue.

Authorities say 30-year-old Gary Wagaman of Michigan is charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and is expected in court Thursday.

Police say the bicycle officer hit with the frying pan was wearing a helmet.

The other 11 arrested are charged with misdemeanors.