Lawyers: Chicago police raid on NATO protesters

May 18, 2012

Associated Press

Lawyers for NATO summit protesters say Chicago police have raided an apartment where activists where staying and arrested nine people.

The Chicago chapter of the National Lawyers Guild says officers broke down doors in the building in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood. It says they entered with their guns drawn and without producing warrants.

Chicago police are refusing to comment.

Guild attorney Sarah Gelsomino says the raid took place Wednesday night and there are no details on any charges.

She says the nine activists are believed to be from outside Chicago and from the Occupy movement. One of the guild's lawyers visited them in a West Side police lockup and reported back that they had their hands and feet shackled.

Gelsomino says a bond hearing is scheduled for noon Friday.