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George Floyd fallout: Gov. J.B. Pritzker deploys National Guard to suburbs, access to downtown Chicago remains restricted

Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he is deploying Illinois National Guard troops to the suburbs as two people died during disturbances in Cicero and armored sheriff’s vehicles rolled down the main street of Naperville.

The activation of about 250 additional troops comes after governor ordered 375 service members, all of whom have training as military police officers, to help with crowd control in Chicago, where looting continued Monday as a large, mostly peaceful crowd gathered in Uptown.

The CTA suspended service overnight because of the continuing tensions. Its trains and buses began running again at 6 a.m. Tuesday but not in the downtown area, which remains restricted after the widespread looting over the weekend.

Metra will be out of service for a second day on Tuesday. The transit agency said it may resume service Wednesday, but on an alternate schedule.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has scheduled a news conference for 10:30 a.m. You can watch it live here.

Here are the latest developments:

10:50 a.m.: Chicago will still loosen restrictions on Wednesday as planned, despite widespread looting and coronavirus concerns, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says

Despite widespread looting and heightened public health concerns brought on by thousands of people protesting in tight groups across the city, Chicago will move ahead with looser coronavirus restrictions as planned on Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced.

Lightfoot previously said restaurants, hotels and many more businesses would get to start opening June 3 with reduced capacities and tight rules in place designed to stop COVID-19 cases from spiking. That timeline seemed imperiled in recent days as fallout from the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd led to nationwide protests and civil unrest, but Lightfoot said the city will move forward with its plan as scheduled.

“I want to tell the city now after a lot of consultation and, yes, a lot of prayer, we will reopen tomorrow and take this important next step as planned,” Lightfoot said at a morning new conference.

The decision to reopen took some by surprise. Over the weekend, Lightfoot suggested that protests could delay a reopening. Read more here. — Gregory Pratt

9:35 a.m.: Police release video of fatal shooting at North Riverside mall

North Riverside Police have released video of a fatal shooting during Sunday’s looting outside the town’s mall.

The 12-second clip shows a gunman in pursuit of another man, who falls to the sidewalk behind Olive Garden Restaurant at North Riverside Park Mall. The gunman, with both hands gripping a weapon, fires multiple times at close range into the fallen man’s body. The gunman turns, runs and gets into a waiting car that then drives off. Read more here. —Todd Lighty

9:25 a.m.: 4 police officers shot in night of violence in St. Louis

Four police officers were shot in downtown St. Louis early Tuesday, as a day of peaceful protests turned into a violent and destructive night in the city.

Early in the day, hundreds of people gathered across the St. Louis region again Monday to protest the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

But tensions rose after the sun fell in downtown St. Louis.

Just after midnight, four officers, all men, were shot near 16th and Olive streets. All four are conscious, and their injuries are considered non-life-threatening. Read more here. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

8 a.m.: Lombard man charged with attempted terrorism after police say he approached squad cars with Molotov cocktail

A Lombard man has been charged with attempted terrorism after police say he approached squad cars with a Molotov cocktail, lighters and a bat.

Christian Frazee, 25 of the 900 Block of South Lombard Avenue in the western suburb, has been ordered held on $1 million bond.

Police said Frazee was dressed in black, wearing a face covering and latex gloves, when he headed toward the Village of Lombard municipal campus around 12:30 a.m. Monday.

Frazee was seen walking toward squad cars and employee vehicles with a lighter and Molotov cocktail, according to a statement from DuPage County’s state’s attorney’s office. Frazee also had a butane torch, seven additional lighters and a bat.

Frazee was charged with one count of possession of an incendiary device and one count of attempted terrorism, both felonies. —Sophie Sherry

7:45 a.m.: Two shot dead and 60 arrested in Cicero, town blames ‘outside agitators’

Police in riot gear patrolled the streets of Cicero Monday night after two people were shot dead and two others were wounded following a day of unrest that the western suburb blamed on “outside agitators.”

At least 60 people were arrested as the town deployed more than 100 officers in addition to more than 100 sheriff’s officers and state troopers.

“Outside agitators shot at least two people near 50th Street and Cermak Road,” Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania said. “But police apprehended the three suspects involved in the shooting. These were outside agitators who were driving through Cicero seeking to cause trouble.” Read more here. —Jessica Villagomez

6:15 a.m.: Chicago police and city leaders defend handling of protests and looting as questions swirl over response some found lacking

For some three hours on Sunday, the officers stood in a long row on Pulaski Road, a line of blue visible from blocks away.

They wore face shields, many flipped up to reveal expressionless faces. The lights of idling police vehicles flickered at their backs.

And right in front of them on Madison Street, the West Garfield Park neighborhood’s main business artery, liquor stores, wig shops and dollar stores were suffering sustained looting, as people packed shopping carts and shoved large plastic storage bins full of items down the street. They carried liquor bottles and mannequin heads, crawling through broken windows to find items.


All the while, the officers did not intervene. Read more here. – Annie Sweeney, Gregory Pratt and Jeremy Gorner

6 a.m.: Sparked by death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests in Chicago fueled by decades of Police Department problems

George Floyd’s death at the hands of police 400 miles away catalyzed days of street protests in Chicago, but the demonstrations here are rooted in anger over decades of abuse of African Americans by the city’s officers, activists said.

The protests continued a tradition of Chicago activists crowding streets to complain about bias in enforcement, a lack of accountability for officers and police killing black people.

The motivating forces driving the protests also extend beyond policing to unemployment and an often-ineffective health care system at a moment when a coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately hurt minorities, said Aislinn Pulley, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter: Chicago. Read more here.Dan Hinkel

5:50 a.m.: Federal authorities accuse Galesburg man of traveling to Chicago for protests with homemade bombs, charge him with inciting a riot

An Illinois man arrested in Chicago over the weekend had homemade bombs in his car and had been seen on videos posted on the internet participating in the looting and rioting in Minneapolis and Chicago, according to federal charges filed Monday.

Matthew Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, was charged in U.S. District Court in Minnesota with inciting a riot and possession of an explosive device, court records show. Read more here. —Jason Meisner

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