WBEZ | protests http://www.wbez.org/tags/protests Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en LISTEN: Voices of Baltimore Protesters in the Wake of a Mistrial http://www.wbez.org/news/listen-voices-baltimore-protesters-wake-mistrial-114194 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_678349077884.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res460075833" previewtitle="Protesters march through the streets after a mistrial was declared in the trial of Baltimore police Officer William G. Porter on Wednesday."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Protesters march through the streets after a mistrial was declared in the trial of Baltimore police Officer William G. Porter on Wednesday." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/12/17/gettyimages-501663332_custom-1712bc81766de92408a333a74eafb36c02cb5a0e-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Protesters march through the streets after a mistrial was declared in the trial of Baltimore police Officer William G. Porter on Wednesday. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>The sun had set long ago, and hours after&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/16/460013435/judge-declares-mistrial-in-baltimore-police-case-after-jury-deadlocks">a jury found itself deadlocked in the first Freddie Gray case</a>, the cold had started to settle.</p></div></div></div><p>Only about 20 protesters had lasted this long. They had marched from the courthouse to City Hall to the City Juvenile Justice Center just a few blocks away. At this point, police far outnumbered them.</p><p>Makayla Gilliam-Price, an activist in Baltimore, stood in front of those remaining demonstrators and looked right into their eyes, trying to remind them why they were here.</p><p>Two police helicopters hovered high above them, flashing their search lights every once in a while.</p><p>&quot;If I make a wrong move, my life is gone,&quot; she said. A 16-year-old protester was arrested earlier, she said, and now he has been sucked into a system that has ruined thousands of black lives in this city.</p><p>&quot;Let him be your motivation,&quot; she said.</p><p>Over the past eight months, Baltimore has been on an emotional roller coaster. After the death of Gray, the black man who suffered fatal injuries in the back of a police vehicle, mass protests erupted and they culminated in<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/04/28/402739255/on-the-streets-of-baltimore-trying-to-understand-the-anger">&nbsp;a night of violence and destruction</a>. A few days later, the city celebrated because Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby announced that she intended to bring charges against six officers involved in Gray&#39;s death. And a few days after that, the Justice Department announced it was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/08/405184000/justice-department-opens-civil-rights-investigation-of-baltimore-police">launching a civil investigation into the city&#39;s police department</a>.</p><p>But on Wednesday, a judge declared a mistrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the case of the first officer put on trial.</p><p>That fueled deep disillusionment amid the protesters.</p><p>&quot;You have days when you think you know the answer, you know the solutions,&quot; said Kelly Holsey, 31. &quot;But then you have days like these, where you realize that you&#39;re working against a corrupt system.&quot;</p><p>To give you a sense of the feeling among the protesters, here are two long-ish pieces of audio that we think are worth your time:</p><p>&mdash; Kelly Holsey has been protesting in Baltimore over&nbsp;<a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-ci-keith-davis-charges-20150622-story.html">the case of her fiancé Keith Davis Jr.</a>&nbsp;Back in June, police shot him in the face after police say Davis shot at them. Holsey argues that Davis is the victim of a corrupt system, that he was incorrectly identified as a robber, and he has been held in jail without bond since the summer. Here&#39;s what she had to say:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/237939166&amp;color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/237939127&amp;color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/17/460071122/listen-voices-of-baltimore-protesters-in-the-wake-of-a-mistrial?ft=nprml&amp;f=460071122" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/listen-voices-baltimore-protesters-wake-mistrial-114194 Hundreds Block Retail Entrances in Protest of Laquan McDonald Investigation http://www.wbez.org/news/hundreds-block-retail-entrances-protest-laquan-mcdonald-investigation-113965 <p><div><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">▲&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">LISTEN:</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><em>Hear the scene on the&nbsp;Magnificent Mile from WBEZ&#39;s Linda Lutton, who spoke with&nbsp;protesters&nbsp;and shoppers during Friday&#39;s protests.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>CHICAGO (AP) &mdash;&nbsp;Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down traffic in&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;ritziest shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the 2014 police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer.</div><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&nbsp;</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Protesters line Michigan Ave sidewalks, block stores. &quot;Shut it down! Justice for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Laquan?src=hash">#Laquan</a>&quot; <a href="https://t.co/0iiAkdogxs">pic.twitter.com/0iiAkdogxs</a></p>&mdash; WBEZeducation (@WBEZeducation) <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZeducation/status/670308391999418368">November 27, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Demonstrators stood shoulder to shoulder in a cold drizzling rain to turn the traditional start of the holiday shopping season on Michigan Avenue&#39;s Magnificent Mile into a high-profile platform from which to deliver their message: The killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald &mdash; captured on a&nbsp;squad car&nbsp;video made public earlier this week &mdash; was another example of what they say is the systemic disregard police show for the lives and rights of black people.</p><p>They chanted &quot;16 shots! 16 shots!&quot; and stopped traffic for blocks to express their anger over&nbsp;the Oct.&nbsp;20, 2014, shooting and the subsequent investigation, which they say was mishandled.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_1112.JPG" style="text-align: center; height: 437px; width: 620px;" title="(WBEZ/Linda Lutton)" /></p><iframe frameborder="no" height="20" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/235045297&amp;color=ff5500&amp;inverse=false&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_user=true" width="100%"></iframe><p>While shoppers continued to make their way along sidewalks and the empty street, some major retailers were forced to close, at least temporarily. Among them was the typically swamped Apple store, where dozens of employees in red shirts stood in an otherwise empty two-story space and watched through store windows as protesters linked arms to stop anyone from entering.</p><p>It was the largest demonstration in&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;streets since police on Tuesday released the video under a court order to make it public.</p><p>The footage shows McDonald jogging down a street and then veering away from Officer Jason Van Dyke and another officer who emerge from a police SUV drawing their guns. Within seconds, Van Dyke begins firing. McDonald, who authorities allege was carrying a three-inch knife and was suspected of breaking into cars, spins around and falls to the pavement as Van Dyke keeps shooting.</p><p>Prosecutors charged Van Dyke with first-degree murder on Tuesday, hours before the video&#39;s release.</p><p>Frank Chapman, 73, of&nbsp;Chicago, said the video confirms what activists have said for years about&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police brutality.</p><p>&quot;That needs to end,&quot; Chapman said. &quot;Too many have already died.&quot;</p><p>Chicago&nbsp;police blocked off roads to accommodate the march down Michigan Avenue, and officers in some areas formed a barrier of sorts between protesters and stores and helped shoppers get through the doors. But protesters succeeded in blocking main entrances on both sides of the street for more than three blocks.</p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_0537.JPG" style="height: 413px; width: 310px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="Demonstrators block the entrance of AT&amp;T on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. (WBEZ/Linda Lutton)" /><p>When one person tried to get through the front door of Saks Fifth Avenue, protesters screamed at him, shouting, &quot;Shut it down! Shut it down.&quot; Entrances were also blocked at the Disney Store, the Apple Store, Nike, Tiffany &amp; Co., and Neiman Marcus, among others.</p><p>Several protesters were seen lying face-down on the ground in handcuffs, but a police spokeswoman said she hadn&#39;t been informed of any arrests.</p><p>Shoppers seemed to take the disturbance in stride, with some even snapping photos of the crowd.</p><p>&quot;Honestly it&#39;s the cold that&#39;s likely to scare us away first,&quot; said Christopher Smithe, who was visiting from London with his girlfriend.</p><p>With the rain and the protests, there seemed to be less foot traffic than on a normal Black Friday, said John Curran, vice president of the Magnificent Mile Association, which represents 780 businesses on North Michigan Avenue.</p><p>&quot;The storefronts that were blocked by the demonstrators certainly had an impact on some of the businesses,&quot; he said.</p><p>Throughout the week, protesters have expressed anger over the video of the shooting. They&#39;ve also harshly&nbsp;criticised&nbsp;the department for its months-long effort to prevent the video from being released and the state&#39;s attorney&#39;s office for taking more than a year to file charges against Van Dyke, despite having footage of the incident.</p><p>All previous marches have been largely peaceful. There have been isolated clashes between police and protesters, with about 10 arrests and only a few minor reports of property damage.</p><p>Van Dyke is being held without bond. His attorney said Van Dyke feared for his life when he fired at McDonald and that the case should be tried in an actual courtroom, not the court of public opinion.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/hundreds-block-retail-entrances-protest-laquan-mcdonald-investigation-113965 New unrest in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-08/new-unrest-ukraine-112862 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Photo%20FlickrEfrem%20Lukatsky.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Efrem Lukatsky)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/222951244&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">An uneasy ceasefire in Ukraine</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Last week Ukraine&#39;s parliament voted to give the separatist east more autonomy as part of a newly negotiated peace deal. The move sparked violent protests in Kiev that killled one policeman and injured almost 100 others. Mychailo Wynnyckyj, an associate professor of sociology at the national University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine, joins us to discuss the way forward. </span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guest:&nbsp;</span></strong><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Mychailo Wynnyckyj is an associate professor of sociology at the <a href="http://twitter.com/KyivMohyla">National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine</a>.</span></em></div></p> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 14:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-08/new-unrest-ukraine-112862 Worldview: Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Brazil http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-17/worldview-thousands-protesters-take-streets-brazil-111712 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP830813246262.jpg" style="height: 409px; width: 620px;" title="Demonstrators hold a Brazilian flag during a march demanding the impeachment of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, March 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196365103&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Protesters call for impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-14ba84b6-2961-c36b-45bd-d89cecce37f2">There were demonstrations in 160 cities in Brazil over the weekend. &nbsp;Some protesters were calling for the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. The protests followed a corruption investigation of Petrobas, </span>the national oil company, that involves dozens of sitting politicians, including the Speaker of the House. &nbsp;Brian Winter, chief Brazil correspondent for Reuters attended the protests in Sao Paolo. He joins us to talk about the corruption investigation and its implications for Rousseff&rsquo;s presidency.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-14ba84b6-2962-0f2a-e13a-95399cf27497"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/BrazilBrian">Brian Winter</a> is the chief Brazil correspondent for Reuters and the author of several books on Latin America including </em></span><em>Why Soccer Matters, which he wrote with Pele.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196365965&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Northern Irish violence exhibit showing at ArtWorks Project for Human Rights</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e1f1a32f-2964-a3af-f660-df52a7a50352">As many Catholics, especially the Irish, celebrate St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day, there&rsquo;s been nearly two decades of relative calm in Northern Ireland&rsquo;s &nbsp;&ldquo;Troubles.&rdquo; But elements from the centuries-long struggle still linger. &ldquo;Eleventh Night and the Twelfth&rdquo; are Irish celebrations of Protestant King William of Orange&rsquo;s victory over Catholic King James II. The celebrations culminate in massive bonfires. Many view the remembrances as simple expressions of heritage and culture. Others see the celebrations as divisive and counterproductive to ongoing reconciliation. Photographer and sociologist, David Schalliol, has documented &lsquo;Eleventh Night and the Twelfth&rsquo; and ArtWorks Projects for Human Rights is showing his work in an exhibit called &lsquo;Bonfires and Effigies: The Contested Territories of Belfast, Northern Ireland&rsquo;. &nbsp;Schalliol and Leslie Thomas of ArtWorks Projects, will talk about their goal of the exhibit - to &ldquo;highlight the successes of ongoing peace building efforts while providing a platform to discuss how lingering challenges might be resolved.&rdquo;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-e1f1a32f-2964-ea04-f6ba-0d516222af41">Leslie Thomas is the</span> executive and creative director for <a href="https://twitter.com/ARTWORKSProject">ArtWorks Projects for Human Rights</a>.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-e1f1a32f-2964-ea04-f6ba-0d516222af41"><a href="https://twitter.com/metroblossom">David Schalliol</a> is a </span>photographer, sociologist and PhD candidate at the University of Chicago.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196366595&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">EcoMyths: The threat of microplastics</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-028d0ec1-2967-e4f8-33b5-a2f2bd3e35d2">Plastic makes up 90% of the trash picked up in Trash Free Seas (TFS) ocean cleanups, according to research by Ocean Conservancy</span>. And experts says that microplastics - pieces of plastic smaller than 5 milimeters (just under a fifth of an inch) - are just as dangerous as those 2-liter bottles you might see floating in Lake Michigan or the &ldquo;Great Pacific garbage patch&rdquo;. Kate Sackman, of EcoMyths Alliance, will help us find out why these microfibers are a big hazard from Allison Schutes, manager of the TFS Program at Ocean Conservancy and Olga Lyandres, research manager at Alliance for the Great Lakes.</p><div><strong>Guests:</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-028d0ec1-2968-16e4-659b-d5494fb751ca">Kate Sackman is the</span>&nbsp;founder and president of <a href="https://twitter.com/EcoMyths">EcoMyths Alliance.</a></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-028d0ec1-2968-16e4-659b-d5494fb751ca">Allison Schutes is the</span>&nbsp;manager of Trash Free Seas Program at <a href="https://twitter.com/OurOcean">Ocean Conservancy.</a></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-028d0ec1-2968-16e4-659b-d5494fb751ca">Olga Lyandres is the</span>&nbsp;research manager at <a href="https://twitter.com/A4GL">Alliance for the Great Lakes</a> and author of the report:</em> Keeping Great Lakes Water Safe: Priorities for Protecting against Emerging Chemical Pollutants.</div></p> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-17/worldview-thousands-protesters-take-streets-brazil-111712 Waukegan woman seeks to trademark 'I can't breathe' http://www.wbez.org/news/waukegan-woman-seeks-trademark-i-cant-breathe-111273 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/425312_630x354.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago-area woman is trying to trademark the dying of words of Eric Garner.</p><p>When Eric Garner died in a police officer&#39;s&nbsp;chokehold in July, his final words, captured on camera, were &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t breathe.&rdquo;</p><p>The words have become a national protest slogan. Many athletes, including Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, have worn the phrase on t-shirts before games to express solidarity with the anti-police brutality movement.&nbsp;</p><p>Protesters in Chicago and around the country have scrawled the phrase on signs and rallied around the #ICantBreathe Twitter hashtag.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/chicago-artists-protesting-alleged-police-brutality-say-we-must-breathe">Chicago artists gather for &#39;We Must Breathe&#39; protest</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Now, a woman from Waukegan, a suburb north of Chicago, wants to claim the phrase as her own.</p><p>Catherine Crump filed an application for trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Dec. 13. In it, Crump seeks to license &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t breathe&rdquo; for use on hoodies and t-shirts &ldquo;for men, women, boys, girls and infants.&rdquo;</p><p>In her application, Crump, who could not be reached for comment, says she first used the words commercially back in August.</p><p>Crump paid $325 to apply. The application comes attached with photos of her &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t breathe&rdquo; merchandise.</p><p>The patent office assigned the application to an attorney for examination on Friday.</p><p><em>Patrick Smith is a WBEZ producer and reporter. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/pksmid" target="_blank">@pksmid</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/waukegan-woman-seeks-trademark-i-cant-breathe-111273 Lawsuit seeks information on alleged CPD spying http://www.wbez.org/news/lawsuit-seeks-information-alleged-cpd-spying-111202 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sskc.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>Activists say the Chicago Police Department is monitoring their cell phones at protests, and they are trying to use a lawsuit to prove it.</p><p>At issue are cell-phone interceptors called stingrays. These force mobile phones to communicate with them by mimicking a cell tower. For years, Chicago police denied owning any of these stingrays, but a 2014 lawsuit forced the department to turn over records proving the department had purchased several of them.</p><p>Government transparency attorney Matt Topic was the lead attorney on that case.</p><p>&ldquo;Once the stingray has tricked phones in the vicinity into thinking it&rsquo;s talking to a cell tower when it&rsquo;s actually talking to the police,&quot; Topic said. &quot;It can force the phones to broadcast to the police things like &hellip; the call logs and many think these can actually be used to intercept the content of the communications themselves.&rdquo;</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/www.wbez.org/news/who-polices-police-chicago-its-increasingly-ex-cops-111194" target="_blank">Who polices the police? In Chicago, it&#39;s mostly ex-cops</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Topic, who is an attorney at Chicago firm Loevy and Loevy, says because the interceptor mimics a cell tower it can only work within a certain radius.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know what that radius is, but I believe it&rsquo;s a large enough radius that if the police department put one of these devices into a truck or into a car and drove it up next to a reasonably sized protest, they could certainly secretly obtain a lot of information from protesters who are there.&rdquo;</p><p>Topic says it is a reasonable concern that the Chicago Police Department may be using these stingrays to get information during demonstrations. He pointed to a post by the hacker group Anonymous of a recording allegedly taken from the Chicago police scanner. In the recording a man, who Anonymous says is a Chicago police officer, asks if the department is monitoring a protest organizer&rsquo;s cell phone conversation.</p><p>That recording, and pictures of an Office of Emergency Management and Communication vehicle allegedly following marchers, has sparked several allegations of police spying.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-protestors-focus-future-111201" target="_blank">From pulpits to protests, Chicago clergy lead demonstrations</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>An OEMC spokeswoman says the SVU that has raised demonstrators&rsquo; suspicious is a vehicle equipped with mobile field cameras the city uses often in planned and unplanned large scale events and that it&rsquo;s nothing more. She says it does not have any sort of spying or monitoring capabilities beyond the ability to shoot video.</p><p>And a Chicago Police Department spokesman says the department hasn&rsquo;t used the stingrays during demonstrations.</p><p>But Ed Yohnka with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says that isn&rsquo;t good enough. Yohnka says the department refuses to admit how they are using the stingrays, which naturally leads people to be suspicious.</p><p>Yohnka says their use has been &ldquo;treated as a great secret by government at all levels.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We know that this technology has been used in connection with protests in other places,&rdquo; Yohnka said. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know whether or not that&rsquo;s been used in Chicago. I would say that if this technology is being used to track people, if there are technologies that are being used to collect large swaths of communication, those are things that are very troubling and very wrong and I think people would rightly be concerned about them.&rdquo;</p><p>Topic&rsquo;s latest lawsuit, brought on behalf of privacy advocate Freddie Martinez, is meant to compel the Chicago Police Department to say when and where the stingrays are being used.</p><p>&ldquo;The second suit, which asks for broader records (as to the extent to which the equipment is being used, with what constitutional safeguards, what happens with data), that complaint was filed a while back and we&rsquo;re expecting the police department&rsquo;s answer to that complaint [this] week,&rdquo; Topic said.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very interested to see &hellip; whether these are wholesale constitutional violations and if so we intend to explore what can be done about them,&rdquo; Topic said.</p><p><em>Patrick Smith is WBEZ&rsquo;s morning news producer. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/pksmid" target="_blank">@pksmid </a></em></p></p> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/lawsuit-seeks-information-alleged-cpd-spying-111202 Chicago protestors focus on the future http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-protestors-focus-future-111201 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/friday protest.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>Hundreds of people demonstrated on Chicago&#39;s West Side over the weekend to bring more attention to the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.</p><p>Area pastors encouraged congregants to join a march shutting down the intersection of Madison and Pulaski. Demonstrators say this is only the beginning of a movement that&#39;ll go beyond holding signs in the streets.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/who-polices-police-chicago-its-increasingly-ex-cops-111194" target="_blank">Who polices the police in Chicago? Mostly ex-cops</a></strong></p></blockquote><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/180564592&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Thousands of church-goers also ditched their traditional services and flooded streets all throughout Chicago&#39;s South Side on Sunday. Their pastors urged them to march in solidarity with protesters who for weeks now have been bringing attention to cases of black men killed by police. Pastors say the marches should have taken place decades ago.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Listen to the Morning Shift conversation</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/180557897&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-protestors-focus-future-111201 Hong Kong protesters stand their ground http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-04/hong-kong-protesters-stand-their-ground-111190 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP27195268417.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Street sit-ins for democracy continue in Hong Kong. Clashes between police and protesters are becoming increasingly violent. Author Wen Huang tells us how the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong is evolving.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-31/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-31.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-31" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Hong Kong protesters stand their ground" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-04/hong-kong-protesters-stand-their-ground-111190 Anger grows over corruption in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-26/anger-grows-over-corruption-mexico-111162 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP443647597511.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The disappearance of 43 students in Mexico has led to mass protests in the country. We&#39;ll hear a special report from the BBC and we&#39;ll take listen to the music that is fueling the movement.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-29/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-29.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-29" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Anger grows over corruption in Mexico" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-26/anger-grows-over-corruption-mexico-111162 Unrest in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-17/unrest-mexico-111110 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP454844911699.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Protesters are calling for the resignation of Mexican President Peña Nieto. They&#39;re angry about how the government has handled the case of 43 students who went missing earlier this year. We&#39;ll talk with Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-unrest-in-mexico/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-unrest-in-mexico.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-unrest-in-mexico" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Unrest in Mexico" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-17/unrest-mexico-111110