More than 100 people rallied in Palmer Square Park in the Logan Square neighborhood this morning for the start of a caravan protesting racial injustice and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Protesters traveled by bike, car and foot, with a planned route that would take them to the intersection nearest to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home.
The demonstrators have a lengthy list of demands, including community control of police, the release of victims of police torture from prison, defunding of the Chicago Police Department, and the release of inmates and detainees from jails and prisons to protect them from the spread of COVID-19.
At one point during the rally, an armored police truck rolled past, but otherwise there was no visible police presence at the park. Organizers also asked people to “flood” Lightfoot’s social media accounts with messages about police accountability and demands that all protestors who have been arrested be released without charges.