Chicago Police Ban Protests Near Mayor Lightfoot’s Home; Lightfoot Says Protecting Wife, Child and Neighbors Trumps Any First Amendment Rights

The debate about a public official’s safety versus the public’s civil liberties is raging in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood (Mike Lowe/WGN).

A part of Wrightwood Avenue between Kimball Avenue and St. Louis Avenue has been barricaded and blocked by the Chicago Police Department to prevent protesters from accessing Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s immediate neighborhood. The action took place after multiple demonstrations directed at Mayor Lori Lightfoot occurred near her home in recent weeks.

I make no apologies whatsoever for that … we are living in very different time, and I’ve seen the threats that have come in. And I have an obligation to keep by home, my wife, my 12 year-old, and my neighbors safe.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Supt. David Brown says protests are already illegal in residential neighborhoods in Chicago as well as Illinois, but Ed Yohnka of the ACLU of Illinois said banning protests is “concerning” and appears to violate the First Amendment. Yohnka says, “Neither state nor local government can write a law which violates the Constitution of the United States. As it’s been interpreted by the Supreme Court as of now, the limitation is on protests at a particular home, not a particular block.”

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