Loyola students protest police as Chicago sees deadly crime spike
- A student at Loyola University in Chicago organized a Black Lives Matter protest, where students called for the school to cut ties with the Chicago Police Department.
- Chicago is experiencing its largest crime wave in six decades.
Students at Loyola University in Chicago protested the school’s ties with the Chicago Police Department.
Loyola sophomore Dorien Perry-Tillmon organized the protest by circulating a flyer on social media. He told The Phoenix that he “[doesn’t] like going to a school that funds police.”
On August 21, roughly 200 students moved across campus, bearing signs with slogans such as “Our Streets, No PD@LUC” and “F**k the CPD,” according to The Phoenix.
Protesters have passed the intersection of Granville and Sheridan making their way to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. The small group of counter protesters are marching along on the sidewalk. pic.twitter.com/C3HblnV9V5— Loyola Phoenix (@PhoenixLUC) August 23, 2020
Students chanted “We want Jo Ann,” referring to Loyola University Chicago’s current president Jo Ann Rooney.
Students have returned to the Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus and are chanting “We want Jo Anne.” Jo Anne Rooney is Loyola’s current President. pic.twitter.com/7HX8mcAmH1— Loyola Phoenix (@PhoenixLUC) August 23, 2020
The protesters eventually blocked a major intersection and brought traffic to a standstill, chalking “Black Lives Matter” in the middle of the road.
Students are taking a break, offering snacks and water. Others are writing out “Black Lives Matter” in chalk on the intersection. pic.twitter.com/gBs8NUbxEl— Loyola Phoenix (@PhoenixLUC) August 23, 2020
During the weekend before these protests, seven people were killed and 57 were wounded by gunfire across Chicago.
Among the wounded were six teenagers and a 12-year-old boy.
In early June, Chicago experienced its deadliest weekend in six decades. Eighteen people, including a high school student and a college freshman, were murdered in a period of just 24 hours.
Loyola University Chicago Vice President of Student Development Jane Neufeld, explained to Campus Reform that the university “supports peaceful protests and students’ rights to express their opinions and perspectives.”
She described calls to sever all ties with Chicago police “not practical,” yet explained that “Loyola is interested in learning more about the various reform proposals brought forth which are aimed at deepening trust and safety across all communities and neighborhoods.”
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