Protesters demand answers about U of C response to med center dust-up

Protesters and their supporters are demanding answers from administrators at the University of the Chicago Medical Center for the way university police officers handled a weekend protest.

Some demonstrators say they were roughed up while demonstrating against the new medical center and calling for the return of emergency services at the hospital.

The new facility comes with a $700 million price tag, but it does not have a trauma center for adults. The medical center only accepts trauma victims under 16 years old, so adults who have been shot, stabbed, or injured in a car crash would have to be treated somewhere else.

About 50 protesters arrived Sunday to demonstrate that there’s no convenient trauma center for the South Side of Chicago. They staged a sit in, but they were met by University of Chicago police officers.

The group released cell phone video of the confrontation. They say it shows officers pushing, kicking, and punching some of the demonstrators. Four protesters were arrested.

“Rather than actually allowing folks the opportunity to disperse, they’re pushing people out the door and folks fell down,” said Toussaint Losier.   “One of my students was actually on the ground, and I was afraid that she was going to get trampled.”

“Completely disrespectful and unconscionable for the University to treat members of the community, students, and alumni that way when all they’re demanding is access to basic care that they have the resources to provide,” said Alex Goldenberg. “Instead they met that demand with violence.  Just another example of their privilege and their lack of concern and their elitism.”

University of Chicago police have not commented, but a university spokesperson said the protesters were not authorized to be on the property.  The spokesperson says it takes the incident very seriously and is looking into how the protest was handled.

The four people who were arrested were released Monday morning. They’re charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, and are due in court February 26.

Their movement for an adult trauma care center started shortly after Damian Turner was shot and killed in 2010.

He was shot three-and-a-half blocks from the University of Chicago Medical Center.

But he died on the way to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which has a trauma care center that treats adults, but it was ten miles away.

The university says it has no plans to reinstate level 1 trauma services for adults.

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16 comments

  • Tired of Morons

    Truly amazing how if your black and you protest the cops just suddenly show up and attack you, ALWAYS. Nothing like playing the race card and LYING hoping to get your way. Time to support the cops and not the idiots.

  • Todd pardee

    Why don’t operation push open a trauma center over there? They and the Jackson’s could give back to the community that directly supports them

    • ismael

      Great idea. This way the black community will be happy. Blacks taking care of blacks. I mean blacks taking care of blacks in a good way not the way that is being done now.

    • UC Alum

      The extremely well-endowed university that could also benefit by having an active emergency center to train its medical students in, and by better serving the community that has to sit and watch the wealthy parade through their lives, a constant reminder to economic inequality and the disappearance of social mobility. The running costs of a trauma center are pennies compared to the U of C's endowment, as evidenced by the opening up of the $700 million dollar cancer center, the David Axelrod center for funneling wealthy kids into federal positions, the Friedman Center for economic hegemony, the Henry Paulsen center for funneling private Chinese money into the university, etc. etc.

      • Justsaying

        The University has an ER that trains its medical students and provides tons of excellent care to the community, many of whom can't afford healthcare. And how do you classify "better serving"? How about all the ways in which the university has attempted to build up primary care around the South Side? That costs money too, and it has a potentially much broader impact than a trauma center. I'm not going to defend everything the university does, but the conversation should be broadened and individuals should stop speaking for "the community".

  • Kelsey

    These people weren't attacked or roughed up by UofC police. The videos I've seen, show officers asking them to leave, stating the property is private. Another clip shows an officer CALMLY telling people to calm down and back up. Officers are trained to protect you as well as themselves. When they are called to a situation that is clearly out of control, this is what happens. The only videos I see posted from this group show the exact opposite of what they are trying to say happened.

    • KdENARD

      U got the story all twistedI am a active member in the woodlawn community with the STOP and FLY ORG , I was there the Uof C doesnt care about the woodlwan residents but continue to exspand this Entity in the neightbood that want to do nothing for , so u tell me what profit will we get out of them by putting a level one trauma center on the south but SAving LIVES so if u dont want to do that , what kind of human being are u ????????

      • victor

        Entitlement attitude continues… That attitude alone is one of the biggest reasons "the lives" need to be saved first place. Work on making your community better, you'll have less gun wounds you'll need to treat. The hospital would turn into Mt Sinai Hosp if they wanted to "serve the community." The community better work on improving itself before demanding services from those who accomplished and built something. If there was a drop in number of shootings, the costs of running such unit wouldn't be so high…

  • KDenard

    I am a active member in the woodlawn community with the STOP and FLY ORG , I was there the Uof C doesnt care about the woodlwan residents but continue to exspand this Entity in the neightbood that want to do nothing for , so u tell me what profit will we get out of them by putting a level one trauma center on the south but SAving LIVES so if u dont want to do that , what kind of human being are u ????????

  • myname is Maureen

    This was private property so ARREST them all. Support the Police because they truly are Serving and Protecting US! Oh, tough titty they got roughed up. Whaaa, whaaa here is some Tissue. I for one am sick of looking at these dirtbags.

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