Another 130 arrested in Grant Park Chicago on October 23, 2011... Rahm Emanuel begins Police State tactics against Occupy Chicago... Cops bar press from Grant Park while making arrests against non-violent 'Occupy' protesters
The former Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is determined to suppress protests in Chicago as the city draws closer to major political events in 2012. And for the second weekend in a row, Chicago police were ordered to arrest peaceful protesters in Chicago's Grant Park. Only this time the police used force to bar reporters from witnessing the scene.
In a repeat of last week's mass arrests, Mayor Rahm Emanuel ignored overtures from Occupy Chicago activists to be allowed to peacefully find a permenant encampment in a city park. Instead the police on October 22, 2011 continued arrests — and used used more forceful and dangerous tactics to isolate the occupy activists who returned Grant Park under the "Bowman" (the equestrian statue of the native American on horseback at the corner of Congress and Michigan).
The police closed the entire east side of the Michigan Ave sidewalk with barricades in order to surround the "Occupy" activists.
The press was barred from the site, with no reason being give. No reporters or other observers were allowed into the area where people were being arrested by the Chicago Police. The Cook County Sheriff's office is now involved in the Occupy Chicago arrests. Sheriff Tom Dart provided Emanuel's police with two prisoners buses and a command squad on site to to transport those arrested.
As added evidence of the increased police tactics against the peaceful "Occupy Chicago" protesters, there was a division of the organized crime unit dispatcher to the scene to intimidate and cataloged all arrested as if there were wanted criminals. The video catalogue of individuals arrested are the same tactics used against known gang members and mobsters. As of early morning on October 23, it is estimated at the time of this writing that 125 individuals were arrested for not leaving a public park after it "Closed". Later, Chicago police confirmed that the total arrested was 130, bringing the total arrested since the Grant Park standoffs began to 305.
Chicago police told Substance on the morning of October 23 that 130 people had been arrested. According to Officer Marabelli of Chicago Police Media Affairs, all were charged with failing to leave a public park after closing and released on "I-bonds."
After police surrounded the site of the protest, which only had one tent this week (as opposed to dozens the previous week), even pizza delivery war barred. Protesters estimated the total crowd during the march from Jackson and LaSalle to Grant Park to be 2,500. Some press reports said the police estimated the crowd at 1,500.
Additional photographs from the October 23, 2011 arrests can be found at: