Black Lives Matter protest march in downtown Arlington Heights from North School Park to Police Headquarters (Round Trip).
Approximately 400 protesters marched round trip from North School Park at Eastman Street and Evergreen Avenue to the Arlington Heights Police Department Headquarters. The southbound route was Eastman Street west to Vail Avenue, then Vail Avenue south to Campbell Street, then Campbell Street east to Dunton Avenue, then Dunton Avenue south to Sigwalt Street. From Sigwalt Street, protesters headed east, crossed Arlington Heights Road and stopped in front of the Arlington Heights Police Department Headquarters. At the Arlington Heights Police Department headquarters the protesters chanted for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to recognize the period of time George Floyd was restrained to his death in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a Minneapolis police officer.
There is no known connection of Arlington Heights to the Minneapolis police officer killing of George Floyd, but protesters across the nation have directed anger toward their local police officers and police departments for almost two weeks with peaceful protests and protests connected to rioting, looting and arson. In Arlington Heights some protesters insulted Arlington Heights police officers with the ‘F’ word as these police officers were protecting protesters from the heavier traffic of Arlington Heights Road at Sigwalt Street, and Northwest Highway at Vail Avenue, and at Arlington Heights Road at Northwest Highway. Some protesters also carried posters that called for defunding the police, as police officers accommodated the protesters’ march unimpeded and uninterrupted by heavy traffic.
The northbound route for marchers to North Park was along the west side of Arlington Heights Road.
No damage was reported along the protest march, and protesters kept on their path without straying toward residences or businesses near the protest march route. Arlington Heights police officers kept a close watch on the entire march route, but kept an unimposing presence near the marchers.
At the police station, there were barricades that closed off the entrance to the police station and to the village hall parking garage. At least one resident was confused regarding whether it was OK to walk around barricades near Arlington Heights Road to pay his water bill in the drop-off slot at village hall.
Many bystanders cheered the protesters along Campbell Street, and motorists along Arlington Heights Road supported the protesters by honking their horns.
PEACEFUL Protest Against Racial Inequality
Saturday June 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
North School Park, Arlington Heights
This is a strictly PEACEFUL PROTEST!! Please do not come if your [sic] looking for violence or looting. Staying safe is a priority so please do not come if you have had any exposure to Covid-19. Bring a mask, a sign, and let’s fight against the inequality and social injustice for poc!
Northwest Suburbs this is your calling! Let’s meet in Downtown Arlington Heights as soon as possible to protest the deaths of not only George Floyd but every single black, native, lgbt, white, etc.. people treated with brutality and often killed with no repercussion.
Let’s Organize June 6th at 2pm!
PEACEFUL Protest Against Racial Inequality protest organizers Sasha Kirov, Casey Duong, Joti Kaur, Alyssa Paronia, and Nya Carr are college-age adults, and recently attended Buffalo Grove High School for their education. The protest began with taking a knee at North School Park. Using a megaphone, one of the protesters mentioned this protest was not a riot, but a peaceful protest. However, during the protest march, one of the organizers using a megaphone led with a chant stating, “No justice, no peace; pros-e-cute the po-lice.” The crowd answered with the same chant. The crowd amounted to at least 400-500 protesters.
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At least one protest organizer received a reply on her personal Facebook page stating, “Well this movement is not dealing with the real problems. It is not race but class. Why does Michael Jordan have his mansion in Highland Park and not on the South Side? Pay attention to many of the black politicians that are doing nothing for their constituents. Don’t be misled by whites that have no clue what it means to live in poor black neighborhoods, you and I included.”
There was one counter-protester near the parking garage at the corner of Evergreen Avenue and Eastman Street. The poster pointed to the number of black-on-black deaths that are not being protested. He said he gathered the statistics from a Chicago Sun-Times article.
No injuries were reported during the event, which was promoted by organizers to be a peaceful event.
Taking a knee before Black Lives Matter protest march from North School Park to Police Station, Arlington Heights.
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