Alderman Reaches Out To Teen Activist After Confrontation
A well-known Chicago activist was charged with threatening a public official after he allegedly followed a South Side alderman to her car Saturday.
Ald. Leslie Hairston, 5th, said she hopes Lamon Reccord will learn from the experience, and that she reached out to help him get involved in politics.
Reccord, 17, is widely known for getting in front of police officers during protests and staring into their eyes. His face was seen on network television and international news sites after a stare down with police officers during protests over Laquan McDonald’s death.
Reccord was arrested at 3:43 p.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of East 67th Street, police said. He was also charged with misdemeanor resisting / obstructing a police officer.
The teen posted a video on his Facebook page of the encounter, where he stood outside the alderman's vehicle and asked her about gun violence. Hairston said she was scared and called police.
“This was not a protest, this was not a stare. I am a woman. You never approach women like that. You never know who’s got what," Hairston said.
She says she didn’t realize at the time that Reccord was a juvenile -- and she is concerned about the number of young African Americans in the court system. Now she says she is trying to work with Reccord, and invited him to get involved in politics at City Hall.
Reccord could not be reached for comment.
Lauren Chooljian covers city politics for WBEZ. Follow her @laurenchooljian.