LOGAN SQUARE — The six protesters who were arrested Saturday evening for demonstrating near Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home and “refusing to leave the area” are from out of state and some are reportedly with the “Jesus Matters” movement.
The arrests came just a couple of days after the Tribune revealed that Lightfoot has banned protesters from demonstrating on her block and is ordering officers to arrest anyone who refuses to leave.
Chicago police spokeswoman Karie James said a large group of protesters was demonstrating in front of Lightfoot’s home in the 3400 block of West Wrightwood Avenue after 10 p.m. Saturday evening and “using an amplified device.”
James said officers warned the protesters more than once to leave the area, but they refused to do so, which is when officers made the arrests.
Four women and two men were charged with misdemeanor counts of residential picketing and have all since been released from custody, James said.
All six are from out of state, according to James. They live in Arkansas, New York, Washington and California, she said.
Some, though it’s not clear how many, are with the “Jesus Matters” movement, according to the Chicago Sun-Times and a video posted to Facebook that appears to show the confrontation. The poster didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
One woman told the Sun-Times they were protesting because “the country is going to sh—” and “Lightfoot is a liberal and it’s the liberals’ faults.”
It’s not clear if those arrested Saturday are the first protesters to be arrested under Lightfoot’s order.
Lightfoot has defended the measures she’s taken to guard her Logan Square home, saying the protection is necessary because she and her family receive threats “every single day.”
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