Chicago businesses clean up after protests turn into riots in Loop

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CHICAGO — Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis continue nationwide, and in Chicago, protests escalated into riots in the Loop overnight.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot implemented a 9 p.m. curfew for the city, which lifted at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Businesses that were looted overnight are now starting to clean up. Some volunteers showed up to the Macy’s on State Street to help with the process.

Earlier Saturday, protesters walked onto Lake Shore Drive blocking traffic in both directions. Prior to that, protesters took aim at two CPD squad cars in front of Trump Tower.

There were also several reports of looting and property damage.

Follow a timeline of events from overnight Saturday below:

11:52 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

The following ramp closures are in effect:

  1. Ida B. Wells at I-290
  2. I-290 eastbound at I-90/94
  3. I-90 southbound to Ohio
  4. I-90 northbound to Augusta
  5. I-55 northbound to Lake Shore Drive northbound

10:50 p.m.

The ACLU of Illinois released the following statement tonight.

“The Mayor’s summary announcement of a potentially indefinite curfew tonight for the entire City – with hundreds of people trapped in the Loop – raises serious constitutional questions that need to be remedied. Any curfew must be limited to the specific places in the City where there is imminent threat of danger or harm, not the entire City.

The broad and vague nature of this order – and the suggestion that it is indefinite in time – invites arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement. We encourage the Mayor to rethink this strategy immediately. The ACLU of Illinois is exploring all options including litigation.” 

10:48 p.m.

The FBI released the following statement tonight.

“The FBI is aware of the situation in downtown Chicago and working with law enforcement partners to protect our citizens and restore order to our community.  The FBI takes its responsibility to protect the civil rights of all people seriously and encourages the public to report civil rights violations at fbi.gov/tips.”

10:35 p.m.

There are reports of looting all over the city tonight. At a River North CVS, SkyCam9 caught many looters running away from the store.

10:15 p.m.

10:00 p.m.

WGN anchor Joe Donlon checks in again to describe what he saw tonight on the streets of Chicago.

9:45 p.m.

9:22 p.m.

WGN anchor Joe Donlon was downtown Saturday night breaking down what he saw right before the curfew went into effect.

9:20 p.m.

CTA and Metra have announced service suspensions.

9:10 p.m

Former CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy said tonight’s events are a “full scale riot.”

9 p.m.

The city sent out a text message to residents at 9 p.m. regarding the curfew.

8:55 p.m.

Walgreens on Randolph has been looted as tensions rise.

8:40 p.m.

Mayor Lightfoot said the National Guard will not be brought in. She said if people don’t leave the area before 9 p.m, they will be arrested.

8:37 p.m.

The mayor announced that essential workers are exempt from the curfew.

8:34 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

Chicago Supt. David Brown announced that officers have been hit with Moltov cocktails.

Several buildings have been vandalized downtown.

8:23 p.m.

Mayor Lightfoot announces a curfew in Chicago beginning at 9 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Sunday.

8:20 p.m.

8:05 p.m.

The CTA shut down all trains in the Loop as protesting continues.

7:30 p.m.

Many vehicles have been tagged with graffiti in the Loop, including a WGN News truck.

7:10 p.m.

Protesters have looted the Macy’s downtown on State Street as tensions escalate.

6:30 p.m.

A brawl erupted between Chicago police and protesters at State and Kinzie.

At around 5:30 p.m., Chicago police announced that Lake Shore Drive is closed in both directions. They said to avoid coming into the Loop.

From earlier Saturday:

More than 100 people were arrested Friday evening at a downtown protest after the death of George Floyd Monday in Minneapolis.

Chicago police Supt. David Brown said 108 people were arrested Friday evening as a result of the protests that he said started peacefully, but ended aggressively. The top cop said Chicago police offers had to take swift action so the violence would not escalate.

Brown said there was some damage as a result of protests, including a dozen squad cars throughout the city that were damaged. One officer sustained a broken wrist as a result of a crowd coming toward him.

“We believe in the First Amendment, but we also believe that this is a nation of laws and that lawlessness has no place in this country,” Brown said. “We want to assure that Chicagoans are protected during this tense time.”

The protest follow those seen around the country — and most heavily in Minneapolis where 46-year-old Floyd was killed by a police officer who has since been charged.

What started as a relatively small protest near Millennium Park grew in size as the night wore on.

The group yelled “I can’t breathe” and “no justice, no peace.” Before marching through the streets, the group held a press conference at Millenium Park.

“Every day you wake up and it’s ‘who’s going to be next?’” one protester said.

The group left Millenium Park with no intended route. At one point, they walked down Michigan Avenue into oncoming traffic. They were stopped by police as they attempted to get on I-290 from Ida B. Wells Drive.

Brown criticized the officers at the center of the Minneapolis unrest. He said the officers who were involved in Floyd’s death are not representative of cops across the country.

“We don’t want our officers treating anyone like that,” he said. “It’s always the right time to do the right thing.” Everyone deserves a measure of respect.”

A curfew was imposed for 8 p.m. in Minneapolis after the city burned for a third straight night. However, thousands ignored the curfew and continued their protests.

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