The Chicago Police Department has banned protesters from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s residential block.
Officers are to arrest anyone protesting near her residence. Police presence has been heavy, barricades have been established, and IDs are even being checked to allow residents in while keeping potentially violent protesters out.
Lightfoot has defended the police actions which protect her home, referencing threats that have been made against her, her wife, and their home on a daily basis.
“I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis…understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” said Lightfoot.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot receives 24/7 protection from officers, including officers that are stationed at her home. The police presence blocking protesters from entering the neighborhood adds to that protection.
Lightfoot defended the police presence unapologetically: “I’m doing everything I can to make sure they’re protected,” she said of her home and family. “I make no apologies whatsoever for that.”
Mayor Lightfoot has been criticized for her handling of Chicago riots in recent weeks and her insistence that protests have been largely peaceful, despite great violence in the Chicago area at the hands of protesters.
Protests nationwide have flooded from downtown streets of major cities into residential neighborhoods since demonstrations began in late May in response to the death of George Floyd.
Most notably, Black Lives Matter protesters have marched through neighborhoods in Hugo, Minnesota and St. Louis, Missouri.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey have been in legal battles since July when they stood on their front lawn with guns in their hands to defend their home and property. Protesters had smashed through the gates to their gated community and were trespassing on their front lawn.
Mark McCloskey described it as a “terrifying event.”
In Hugo, Minnesota, hundreds of protesters marched through a police union leader’s neighborhood, screaming at local residents through microphones and smashing open pinatas in effigy of the police union leader on his own driveway.