This is the moment Black Lives Matter protesters throw projectiles at Chicago cops protecting a Christopher Columbus monument from being toppled.
Chicago Police Department Superintendent David O’Neal Brown, 59, said: “We cannot be a city that thinks mob action of a crowd is acceptable behaviour.”
The footage was posted on Facebook by the Chicago Police Department to “show the organised mob violence that infiltrated the protest at Grant Park on Friday, July 17, 2020”.
In the video, a large crowd is seen marching across the park as one man changes into all-black clothing to join others dressed the same.
Protesters use umbrellas and placards to form a shield as others throw water bottles and projectiles overhead to where the cops are situated at the Christopher Columbus Monument.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters also reportedly threw fireworks, frozen water bottles and other dangerous objects, according to Superintendent David O’Neal Brown, and in the video some fireworks can seemingly be seen exploding.
Local media outlet CBS report the police chief said there were “organised actions to provoke violent responses from our officers.
“Peaceful demonstrations have been hijacked by organised mobs. Yet, in the face of this action to provoke a violent response, the vast majority of officers have been professional, and have exhibited great restraint,
Brown also said that 49 officers were injured by fireworks and other projectiles, among them a sergeant who suffered a broken eye socket and a shattered kneecap.
The Chicago police added that 18 officers needed hospital treatment for the injuries they sustained.
Brown said the crowd’s intention was to topple the Columbus statue in Grant Park, adding: “Which could have caused, if successful, serious injuries or death to those in the crowd.”
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned the incident, noting that it was caused by a small group of “vigilantes” who “hijacked” an otherwise peaceful protest.
Many BLM protesters are targeting Confederate monuments for their past links to racism and Columbus statues for his historical ties to the killing and enslavement of Native Americans.
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