Multiple Arrests At Kennedy Expressway Demonstration

Steve Miller
September 03, 2018 - 1:20 pm
Kennedy Expressway protest leader Rev. Gregory Livingston says it would be an honor to be arrested like the "Mandelas, Kings, Gandhis and Jesus Christ."

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- UPDATE: As many as 12 antiviolence protestors were arrested by Illinois State Police this afternoon after they attempted to march onto the Kennedy Expressway to block traffic.

Several dozen protestors gathered at the Cumberland Avenue entrance ramp to Interstate 90.  According to news reports, a trooper using a megaphone warned: “This is the Illinois State Police. It is against the law to be a pedestrian on the roadway.”

Earlier in the day, protest leader Rev. Gregory Livingston says it would be an honor to be arrested like the "Mandelas, Kings, Gandhis and Jesus Christ."

Livingston and supporters intended to interrupt Labor Day holiday traffic to O'Hare aiport to bring awareness to what they say are segregationist practices that contribute to violence -- particularly gun violence -- in Chicago. It is the third demonstration that attempted to disrupt traffic this summer.

Organizers have planned to enter the Kennedy at Cumberland Avenue and exit at River Road. They planned to form a human chain across the expressway.