Protesters Occupy University Of Chicago Police Headquarters Demanding Department Be Abolished – CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS)– Protesters have actually locked themselves inside the school police headquarters at the University of Chicago, and now they state officers will not let anybody bring them food.

They have been holding a sit-in because Friday afternoon.

Other students collected outdoors over night to support the activists.

They desire the school to abolish the university’s cops department.

In a declaration the university said it supports free speech however does not desire demonstrations to interrupt the university operations.

The university launched the following declaration about the demonstration:

“At roughly 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, UCPD Chief Kenton Rainey talked to protestors inside the 6054 S. Drexel Avenue building and reiterated that he has actually set aside time on Monday at 8:00 am to meet with organizers. Protestors’ continued existence inside the building is developing a security danger due to the COVID pandemic and the University has asked consistently that protestors leave the structure. At all times, protestors have been, and continue to be, totally free to leave. If desired, they are complimentary to object securely outside of the structure.

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At 11:40 p.m., a University leader sent out a message to among the demonstration organizers to restate health and wellness concerns which Chief Rainey and Provost Lee would accept a meeting early next week. She specified: “While I understand that some of your group had contact with the deans-on-call … earlier today, I simply want to reiterate my issues about the health and wellness of you all remaining in an area that makes physical distancing very challenging throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I wish to make sure that you understand that if anybody in the group desires to leave this evening, they must let the officers understand and plans can be made to get trainees home safely.

… Chief Rainey can meet a representative group from the project at 8 AM on Monday early morning. Provost Lee can likewise meet you early next week (Monday or Tuesday) at a mutually practical time. These conferences will be contingent on your group’s safe and voluntary departure from the Drexel lobby.”

As part of our commitment to complimentary expression, the University is basically committed to upholding the rights of protesters to express a vast array of views. University policies likewise make it clear that presentations can not jeopardize safety or interrupt the University’s operations and the ability of individuals in the University to perform their work. Of equal concern for the University is the health and wellness of all trainees and our neighboring neighborhoods, which actions such as flooding Dean-on-Call and UCPD phone lines have actually threatened.

As UCPD Chief Kenton Rainey stated in a current University Town Hall, he remains dedicated to having a dialogue about the very best methods to accomplish public safety.”