The below statement can be attributed to Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project, ACLU of Illinois:
“Over the past two days, the ACLU of Illinois has been made aware of many incidents in which Chicago police officers have used excessive force against those protesting the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. These incidents have occurred in several parts of the City, despite repeated claims that officers have used restraint.
Using force against protestors exercising their right to free speech is not acceptable – not in Washington, DC or in Chicago. The CPD is responsible morally and constitutionally for these officers' response to these protests, protests that reflect the anger and outrage of Chicago residents who are sick from seeing Black people murdered by police. Each of these incidents should be fully investigated and officers who engage in misconduct should be held accountable. That should always happen – but especially now”.