Anti-violence protesters shut down major freeway in Chicago

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– Content:Hundreds of protesters calling for an end to gun violence in Chicago partially shut down a major freeway in the city on Saturday, restricting traffic as they demanded lawmakers and members of the community do more to stop the bloodshed.
Initially, hundreds of demonstrators marched along two of the freewayโ€™s four northbound lanes watched by lines of police. Some carried crosses and others banged drums as they marched, chanting slogans including โ€œBlack Lives Matter!โ€ Later, the protesters blocked traffic on all four lanes.
Illinois State Police said agreement was reached with organizers of the protest to allow the demonstrators restricted access to Interstate 94, known as the Dan Ryan Expressway, โ€œto march peacefully for their cause.โ€
By mid-afternoon there were no arrests, police said.
Chicago leaders have long struggled to bring down its high murder rate. Even though homicides fell 16 percent last year, the third largest U.S. city still ranked No. 1 in murders, with more than the combined total for New York and Los Angeles, the two largest cities.
โ€œThis is not about just a march,โ€ one of the organizers of Saturdayโ€™s protest, Father Michael Pfleger, told a news conference this week. โ€œThis is not about just an interruption of traffic. This is about the violence in the city of Chicago.โ€
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson were among those who joined the march, which was supported by the cityโ€™s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who said on Friday that it was important to raise awareness.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Saturday that the protest had caused โ€œchaosโ€, and he called on Twitter for Emanuel to take โ€œswift and decisive actionโ€ so that Chicago residents could feel safe.
Emanuel responded in a tweet: โ€œIt was a peaceful protest. Delete your account.โ€

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