Parade route pits NATO protesters against Chicago

March 27, 2012

DON BABWIN and TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press

The question of whether Chicago has enough police officers to protect the city during the NATO Summit in May is at the center of a legal battle between activists and the city over a protest march.

After long insisting there'd be enough police to keep order, city officials are now saying there won't be enough officers to watch protesters march along their requested route.

On Tuesday, activists will appeal a city ruling that denied their request to hold the march May 20. They were originally granted a permit to march a day earlier.

It's the latest chapter in a dispute between activists and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was granted extraordinary powers to maintain order during the two-day meeting of U.S. and European leaders. Protesters say he's blocking free speech.