Dreadhead Cowboy halts traffic on Dan Ryan in protest, arrests made

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CHICAGO — Chicago’s Dreadhead Cowboy once again shut down traffic on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

The incident was initially observed by SkyCam9 on the south bound Dan Ryan near 53rd Street.

A portion of the Dan Ryan Expressway was shut down Thursday after a group of people attempted to block lanes.

A group of people were outside vehicle and blocking the lanes. A person in the group was reportedly Adam Hollingsworth, Chicago’s Dreadhead Cowboy. Hollingsworth posted to his social media account that he was among the group and it was a gun violence protest.

Hollingsworth protested in honor of 32-year-old Verndell “Vee” Smith, a well-known dance studio owner, who was recently shot and killed in Chicago.

During the incident, Hollingsworth recorded a Facebook Live explaining why his group staged another shutdown of the Dan Ryan.

“We lost a real good brother,” he said. “These kids are affected by stuff like this. Kids lives matter. we got to understand that. Until we understand that, this is going to continue to happen.”

Eventually, state police formed a blockade and began making arrests. Chicago police also responded to the scene.

All blocked lanes have since reopened.

Last fall, Hollingworth was arrested after he rode a horse on the Dan Ryan Expressway to raise awareness to the violence that is impacting kids in Chicago. He was charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty and misdemeanor counts of trespassing and reckless conduct charges.

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