Lightfoot Urges Protesters Demanding Justice For George Floyd To Remain Calm: 'Peaceful Protest Is Part Of Who We Are'

Ariel Parrella-Aureli
May 30, 2020 - 1:54 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lightfoot is urging those who want to protest in the wake of the death George Floyd in Minneapolis to do so peacefully after a crowd got violent last night, breaking store windows and fighting with police that led to over 100 arrests.

Lightoot said the moment our country is in has unleashed pain, anger, frustration and demands for justice. And while she supports the protests and the cause, she wants people to express their voice peacefully and not violently.

"We are not going to tolerate that," Lightfoot said regarding the protests, speaking at a volunteer event with My Block, My Hood, My City. "Peaceful protest is part of who we are as Americans, who we are as a democracy but when it crosses the line, we have to take action."

Police Superintendent David Brown said police took swift action after Friday night's protests got violent and a dozen or so officers were injured. He also said one person arrested had a gun and several Loop stores and squad cars were damaged.

"We think we hit the right tone as it relates to allowing those who want to express their First Amendment rights," Brown said. "This is a nation of laws; lawlessness has no place in this country."

Protesters plan to hit the streets at 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the Loop for a caravan protest, according to the event's Facebook page