CHICAGO — Family and friends will gather Thursday for the first of several memorial services for George Floyd, while charges were filed against four former Minneapolis officers in his death.
As protests persist across the country, the city of Chicago and its suburbs continue to clean-up after unrest following Floyd’s death.
Stick with WGN throughout the day for the latest updates on June 4, 2020.
5 p.m. — Several hundred protesters gathered at Lincoln Park High School to demand justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and also to call on the city to defund the police department.
The protest is expected to end three miles away at Whitney Young High School.
2 p.m. – Evanston peaceful protest planned
1:30 p.m. – Lightfoot declines to comment about on-going police-involved incidents
During her news conference with Chicago police and CPD’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability, Mayor Lori Lightfoot declined to answer questions ongoing investigations, including Thursday night’s high-speed police chase that killed a woman and an incident involving police at Brickyard Mall.
She said she did not want anything she said to influence the outcome of those investigations. Major Accidents is investigating the chase while COPA investigating the Brickyard Mall incident.
You can watch the full news conference in the player below:
1:15 p.m. Chicago bridges update
12:50 p.m. – Lightfoot, CPD news conference
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago police and CPD’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. You can watch it live in the player above.
12:30 p.m.- Aurora Curfew Hours Adjusted, Extended
The following statement is from Aurora officials:
The City of Aurora continues to collaborate with area public safety officials to monitor and evaluate pending demonstrations throughout the weekend in the region.
In an effort to maintain a safe environment for Aurora residents and businesses, modified overnight curfew hours will continue into the weekend.
Curfew hours have been adjusted to now begin at 10 p.m. instead of 8:30 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. The modified hours will be in place overnight on Thursday, June 4, Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, concluding in the morning of Sunday, June 7. Residents are asked to remain at home and to only travel for employment during the curfew hours. If necessary, any further decisions will be announced on Sunday.
While access to Aurora from Interstate 88 will no longer be restricted, the following travel notices remain:
• Entrance into the downtown area is prohibited during the curfew without residential or employment identification.
• Strict travel restrictions are in place at Fox Valley Mall. Residents are asked to avoid the area.
12:20 p.m. – Protest in Grayslake
Black Lives Matter protest held in downtown Grayslake.
WGN Marcus Leshock has a LIVE look:
10:20 a.m. – ACLU of Illinois reacts to Chicago police violence against protestors
The American Civil Liberties Union has released the following statement:
“Over the past two days, the ACLU of Illinois has been made aware of many incidents in which Chicago police officers have used excessive force against those protesting the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. These incidents have occurred in several parts of the City, despite repeated claims that officers have used restraint.
Using force against protestors exercising their right to free speech is not acceptable – not in Washington, DC or in Chicago. The CPD is responsible morally and constitutionally for these officers’ response to these protests, protests that reflect the anger and outrage of Chicago residents who are sick from seeing Black people murdered by police. Each of these incidents should be fully investigated and officers who engage in misconduct should be held accountable. That should always happen – but especially now”.
9 a.m. – Aurora 11-year-old helps clean up downtown
Kevin Czenk of Aurora, 11, Wednesday helps clean up broken glass left behind after rioting and looting in downtown Aurora last weekend. Czenk is a fourth grader at Freeman Elementary School in Aurora. (Kirsten Czenk photo)
8:55 a.m.- National Guard no longer stationed at LSD/Chicago Ave
National Guard no longer stationed at LSD/Chicago Ave, but cones are still in place keeping it closed.
8:45 – Bridge closures remain
The same bridge closures remain Thursday over the Chicago River.
Down & Open: Washington, Randolph, Lake, Wells, LaSalle, Clark, Dearborn, Columbus, LSD
Up & Closed: Van Buren, Jackson, Adams, Monroe, Madison, Franklin, State, Wabash, Michigan
8:35 a.m. – National Guard assisting with ramp closures on LSD
The National Guard is continuing to assist with ramp closures along Lakeshore Drive Thursday.
Here are the ramps that remain blocked:
- Chicago Ave
8:30 a.m. – CTA train services
CTA trains continue to bypassing the following stations:
- Jackson (Red and Blue lines)
- State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Purple & Pink lines)
- Grand (Red Line)
- Chicago (Red Line)
Service has resumed to:
- Clark/Lake (Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple & Pink)
- Lake (Red Line)