A 20-hour protest by University of Chicago students who want the South Side school to defund and disband its police force ended peacefully this morning. Students occupied the police building yesterday, and dozens of them spent the night inside without food, water or access to bathrooms.
The students ended their demonstration inside around 10:30 this morning. University Police Chief Kenton Rainey told the students that he and the provost will meet with them Monday, WBBM Newsradio reported.
“We are still going to fight for the demands we believe,” said Roma Linares, one of the protesters. The students estimated that about 150 of them took part in the protest, either inside or outside the building.
A university spokesperson could not be reached for comment.