The women also protested against the city’s decision to prioritize NFL festivities over funding Chicago State University to save about 300 jobs.
A group of 17 women were arrested during protests against Chicago Police Department’s reluctance to fire an officer involved in the fatal shooting of an African-American Rekia Boyd and the layoffs at a local university, reports Fox 32.
The protesters, who were dressed in berets and black jackets, chained themselves together in a row blocking Lake Shore Drive and Jackson Blvd in Chicago in a protest organized by Assata’s Daughters and Black Lives Matter to demand the dismissal of Chicago PD cop Dante Servin, for the 2012 fatal shooting of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd in 2012.
In addition, the women demanded that the state should make education a priority and cancel the decision to lay off over 300 Chicago State University’s employees. The South Side University claimed that the layoffs were made due to financial issues regarding the state budget crisis.
According to the Chicago police, the women were arrested because they disrupted NFL Draft festivities in Grant Park.
However, the protesters complained the austerity measures are unjustified because hosting the Draft Town and other NFL-related activities this week costs the city millions – Money which could clearly have been used to keep hundreds of CSU employees at work.
“Decision makers at the local and state levels have made it clear where their financial priorities lie,” the protest groups said in a statement.
“We continue to receive cuts to the institutions that keep black women safe— institutions that continue to be replaced by terrorist cops who brutalize and murder Black women without penalty.”
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