Chicago Pols Call For Peaceful Protests In Name Of Breonna Taylor

CHICAGO — In a plea for calm, highly effective politicians referred to as on folks angered by a Kentucky grand jury’s determination to cost simply one in all three cops concerned within the capturing demise of Breonna Taylor to protest peacefully.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot requested Chicagoans to assemble exterior their properties at 7 p.m. — the identical time protestors are set to assemble in Millennium Park —for a citywide second of silence in Taylor’s reminiscence.

“Breonna Taylor’s family has consistently called for peace and urged people who are acting in her name to do so in a way that builds not destroys community. … Come out on your front porch, stand in your yard or on your sidewalk or where ever you are, but please do at 7 p.m. tonight take a moment of silence and reflection in her name,” Lightfoot mentioned. “Afterward, I encourage you to say her name.”

Former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison on Wednesday was indicted on felony prices of “wonton endangerment” for capturing into neighboring flats through the March 13 police raid through which Breonna Taylor was killed. Kentucky prosecutors declined to press prison prices in opposition to Louisville police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, who additionally had been concerned in executing a “no-knock” warrant that result in the capturing demise of Taylor.

Lightfoot was joined by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Lt. Gov. Julianna Stratton and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in a joint information convention decrying Kentucky prosecutor’s determination.

“While many of us are deeply disappointed, discouraged and confused by the decision today, we must stay focused. Now is not the time for violence. Protest if you’re moved to do so. Peaceful protest is powerful,” Preckwinkle mentioned. “However, we cannot meet the violence of police with violence of our own. It gives ammunition to those who do not share our vision of racial justice.”

Chicago officers have activated its neighborhood safety plan, a deployment of police and metropolis assets geared toward defending the Loop and neighborhood enterprise districts, many who had been vandalized and looted within the wake of George Floyd’s demise underneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer in May, and once more final month.

“No matter where we are in processing today’s news, we need to do so peacefully,” Lightfoot mentioned. “We don’t need to be a commercial for people who want to mischaracterize who we are as a city and as a people.”

On Tuesday, Gov. Pritzker put the Illinois National Guard in a “state of readiness” within the occasion protests devolved into chaos.

“We have seen that there are people who have wanted to take advantage of these moments,” he mentioned. “Not the peaceful protestors. It’s people who see that there’s peaceful protest, and they will hide — perhaps even among peaceful protestors — or think that police are distracted and take advantage of that moment.”

Patch reporter Jonah Meadows contributed.


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