Demonstrators met up with the law enforcement barricade after 1 p.m. Law enforcement held up loudspeakers with messages ordering demonstrators to turn back or be arrested for obstruction of roadways. Just before 1:30 p.m., law enforcement announced that the arrest process had begun. One by one, law enforcement began placing demonstrators in handcuffs and loading them onto vans.
This morning #ChicagoPolice @ILStatePolice & suburban agencies will be ensuring O’Hare demonstrators have a safe location to assemble while not disrupting airport operations or highway traffic. No media will be permitted to park along expressway, staging areas sent to news desks pic.twitter.com/3F3lKLWEiY— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) September 3, 2018
Many demonstrators moved to grassy areas, as instructed by police, where they carried signs and chanted messages in support of shutting down the expressway, as well as removing Rahm Emanuel from office. Although demonstrators were prevented from entering the expressway, several told media that they still plan on marching to O’Hare “to be heard.” President of the Coalition for a New Chicago, Rev. Gregory Livingston, said: “In order to get the attention and the ears that we need for the people’s needs we have to perform some kind of massive action.” “Rahm is inaccessible, and not a people person. He runs from the people and we’re just gonna chase him until we get him as long as he’s getting a pay check, because that’s the taxpayer’s money,” he said. Livingston and the Coalition were behind a march to Wrigley Field last month that shut down Lake Shore Drive. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said law enforcement communicated with Livingston in an effort to compromise on a safer location for the demonstration that would be legal and avoid obstructing vital traffic flow surrounding O’Hare. However, Livingston refused to move locations, even after state police warned of arrests. “There has to be some pain. There has to be some messiness. There’s no way around it, but there’s great joy on the other side,” Livingston said.
Orders by @ILStatePolice have been given for demonstrators to vacate the O’Hare expressway onramo. Those who do not comply will be arrested.— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) September 3, 2018