Chicago alderman seeks police wireless ordinance

February 15, 2012

The Associated Press

A Chicago alderman has introduced an ordinance that would prohibit the police department from cutting off protesters' cell phones and access to social media sites during the G-8 and NATO summits the city is hosting in May.

Alderman Ricardo Munoz introduced the ordinance at Wednesday's City Council meeting. The ordinance will now go to a council committee for discussion.

The police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel say there are no plans to restrict or cut off access to social media during the summits, an event that will certainly attract thousands of protesters. But they have not ruled it out. On Wednesday, all Emanuel would say is Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and his first deputy are working with Munoz on the issue.