Bond set at $350,000 for man charged in Saturday’s protest

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CHICAGO -- Bond has been set for the man arrested Saturday during protests at Taste of Chicago.

A Cook County judge set bond at $350,000 for Ja’Mal Green.

Green was part of the large crowd that descended on Taste of Chicago Saturday.

The demonstration was in response to the police involved shootings this week that killed Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

20-year-old Green is a well-known local activist and was charged with hitting and trying to disarm an officer.  Green was charged with five felony counts: two of aggravated battery to a police officer, two of aggravated battery in a public place and one of attempting to disarm a police officer, according to a statement from Chicago police.

Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas came down hard on Green ruling he has every right to peacefully protest anything he wants to but when he struck the officer he crossed the line.

Prosecutors used a photo from the Chicago Tribune as part of their evidence.

Prosecutors also referenced  Green's  Facebook posts in the aftermath of the fatal police shootings of a black man in Minnesota and another in Louisiana that talked about the killing of five Dallas police officers

Green posted he doesn't condone the killings of those officers but he does understand it.

Green will placed on home confinement and cannot go on social media.

The ruling prompted an emotional response from his  supporters in court

Criticizing the judge among the most vocal was Green’s sister and mother.  They were taken into custody for being in contempt of court/

His mother and sister have been released.

Tonight Green remains behind bars at the cook county jail facing several felonies.  A fundraising campaign on his behalf is now underway to get him out of jail


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