Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended the Chicago Police Department’s weekend decision to forcibly remove Occupy Chicago protesters who refused to leave Grant Park and acknowledged that he was consulted before the arrests were made.read the rest here.
Emanuel has a reputation for being a bit of a control freak and that’s not about to change after what happened Saturday night.
On Tuesday, the mayor acknowledged that he was in “consultation and conversation” with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy before police took roughly 175 demonstrators into custody roughly two hours after Grant Park’s mandatory closing time.
“There’s a very specific law as it relates to closing down the park. There was conversation between the Police Department and the protesters about respecting that — and it starts at 11 o’clock — about vacating Grant Park,” the mayor said at an unrelated news conference.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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