A scuffle broke out near the Cook County courthouse Tuesday evening, between Chicago police officers and members of a local Antifa activist group, resulting in three protesters being arrested.
A group of about 50 Antifa protesters, some of them wearing masks or bandanas over their faces, had gathered outside the courthouse around 2 p.m. Tuesday, claiming they were protesting a hearing going on inside of a man who they claimed is a “white supremacist.”
After about an hour, the protesters reportedly started marching in the street. Trouble broke out when about a dozen police officers asked the demonstrators to get back on the sidewalk and not block the streets.
When police arrested one of the leaders of the group, other activists tried to intervene and several scuffles broke out, triggering the second and third arrests.
In one video, one of the Antifa activists, wearing a bandana across his face, tried to attack a vehicle that was attempting to drive away from the area.
Witnesses reported that one Antifa activist was heard shouting to police, “F— you, you fascist f—s.’ A passerby yelled at the officers as he was driving by, “Put ’em in jail!”
Local media reported that the Antifa protesters later released a written statement saying they were protesting to “expose and denounce the rise of the far right, nationally and locally.”
“As organizers, we know, now as ever, that the police are part of the same fascist structures which have produced the state of social violence we see today,” wrote the organizing groups, Black Rose-Rosa Negra Chicago and Haymaker Chicago.
“The man whose presence in Chicago led to the protest is charged in a stabbing at a punk show over the weekend.
“Police, prosecutors and court records could not verify the claim that the man is a white supremacist, but one person at the protest said he was attacked by the same man in late July.”
Breaking: Scuffle ensues between antifa and police outside North Center courthouse pic.twitter.com/puGTNG91Cm
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