YOUTH AC­TIVISTS AMONG 13 AR­RESTED OUT­SIDE CPS HEAD­QUAR­TERS DUR­ING SCHOOL-PO­LICE PROTEST

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY CARLY BEHM AND NADER ISSA Carly Behm is a CST Wire Re­porter. Nader Issa is the Sun-Times’ Ed­u­ca­tion Re­porter.

Thir­teen peo­ple were taken into po­lice cus­tody Mon­day night out­side Chicago Public Schools’ down­town head­quar­ters dur­ing a peace­ful protest against the pres­ence of po­lice of­fi­cers in public schools.

The demon­stra­tion was the lat­est in months’ worth of calls to re­move cops from schools and came two days be­fore the city’s Board of Ed­u­ca­tion is set to vote on whether to re­new its con­tract with the Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment or end the school po­lice pro­gram.

Chicago po­lice con­firmed they ar­rested 13 peo­ple, among them two mi­nors, in front of CPS head­quar­ters, 42 W. Madi­son St., “for il­le­gally re­main­ing in the street” af­ter of­fi­cers gave warn­ings to clear Madi­son Street. CPD said those ar­rested will be cited for a mu­nic­i­pal vi­o­la­tion of a pedes­trian or­di­nance.

One of those ar­rested was a staff mem­ber with Raise Your Hand, a prom­i­nent par­ent ad­vo­cacy group with ties to the Chicago Teach­ers Union, a spokes­woman said.

So­cial me­dia videos showed a few dozen stu­dents and older ac­tivists danc­ing on Madi­son Street and play­ing games for hours be­fore of­fi­cers started clear­ing the street. They had set up tents on Madi­son and planned to “oc­cupy” CPS head­quar­ters for an un­spec­i­fied amount of time. CPD said the tents were “il­le­gally ob­struct­ing the road­way.”

When po­lice be­gan ar­rest­ing those who stayed in the street, other ac­tivists chanted “we love you.”

TYLER LARIVIERE/SUN-TIMES

Po­lice of­fi­cers and ac­tivists stand out­side of Chicago Public Schools head­quar­ters on Madi­son Street late Mon­day night.

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