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Dispute Over Street Naming Continues

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The dispute over naming a Chicago street after slain Black Panther Fred Hampton continues.

This morning, protestors had a stand-off with police outside today’s Chicago City Council meeting.

Just last week, one alderman threatened to tie up the naming proposal in an attempt to prevent a vote.

When things were at their worst - police officers stood, looking stone-faced over the crowd.

The group of about 50 protestors circled around Fred Hampton Jr., the son of the late Black Panther leader. The crowd pushed towards the city council chambers.

But police officers called for backup, and lined up shoulder to shoulder, five rows deep. After about half an hour, the standoff was over.

It’s now been about a month since Chicago Ald. Madeleine Haithcock suggested naming a stretch of West Monroe Street after the late Fred Hampton - an idea that drew immediate protest from police.

Hampton publicly endorsed militant resistance of police, and was killed by Chicago police officers in 1969.

Last week, Ald. Tom Allen said he’s holding the proposal in committee, which basically means Haithcock needs a majority vote from the council to pull it out.

In an ironic twist for today’s protestors, Haithcock was absent because she’s recovering from surgery.

Aldermen say they’ll wait until she comes back before they take up the issue.

Haithcock was unavailable to comment on today’s protest.

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