McCarthy says CPD, Facilitated Criminal Behavior, by allowing Lake Shore Drive March

(Sun Times Wire) The Chicago Police Department “facilitated criminal behavior” –– and set a dangerous precedent –– by allowing a small group of protesters to shut down Lake Shore Drive during rush-hour, mayoral challenger Garry McCarthy said Friday.

One day after the Chicago police officers and members of the news media dwarfed the number of protesters on the march to Wrigley Field, McCarthy essentially portrayed Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a permissive parent inviting bad behavior.

“They shouldn’t have allowed them on Lake Shore Drive. This is unconscionable. We’ve now created a precedent where we are facilitating criminal behavior. You give an inch, they take a mile. This is not even a slippery slope. We are now sliding. The police should not be facilitating criminal behavior. And this is happening at the behest of city government,” McCarthy said.

“I’ve been involved in working protests for God knows how long. The greatest example was NATO. We did not facilitate criminal behavior. If they marched, we walked with them.

We tried to make it safe on city streets. We did not let them get on the highways….We’re spending money to facilitate criminal behavior….I’ve said this for a long time. We are slipping into lawlessness.”

McCarthy said the Lake Shore Drive protest is even worse, given what happened last month on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

In that case, the Rev. Michael Pfleger led hundreds of protesters on an anti-violence march that shut down the northbound lanes of the Ryan.

“They shouldn’t have allowed them on Lake Shore Drive. This is unconscionable. We’ve now created a precedent where we are facilitating criminal behavior. You give an inch, they take a mile. This is not even a slippery slope. We are now sliding. The police should not be facilitating criminal behavior. And this is happening at the behest of city government,” McCarthy said.

“I’ve been involved in working protests for God knows how long. The greatest example was NATO. We did not facilitate criminal behavior. If they marched, we walked with them. We tried to make it safe on city streets. We did not let them get on the highways….We’re spending money to facilitate criminal behavior….I’ve said this for a long time. We are slipping into lawlessness.”

McCarthy said the Lake Shore Drive protest is even worse, given what happened last month on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

In that case, the Rev. Michael Pfleger led hundreds of protesters on an anti-violence march that shut down the northbound lanes of the Ryan.

Article Org: Chicago.suntimes.com

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