Lake Shore Drive March: Activists to Protest Police-Involved Shootings

Protesters last month shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side in the name of fighting gun violence.

On Thursday, activists will take their voices to the city’s North Side to protest police-involved shootings and call for the resignations of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

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They’ll be led by Tio Hardiman, a two-time gubernatorial candidate who leads the violence mediation nonprofit Violence Interrupters, and Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston, interim pastor at New Hope Baptist Church on the West Side.

Livingston, who calls the protest an “act of civil disobedience,” said protesters will begin their march at 4 p.m. just south of Belmont Avenue on Lake Shore Drive and attempt to shut down all four lanes of traffic. From there, marchers plan to move west on Belmont Avenue before heading north on Clark Street, ending at Wrigley Field.

Livingston said he does not have an estimate for the number of protesters he expects.

Beyond occurring at rush hour in a busy part of town, the march coincides with the kickoff of the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park and a Cubs home game.

The Chicago Police Department indicated in a statement it “continues to meet with participating groups,” although Livingston said he has not spoken with the police department or the mayor’s office.

Hardiman and Livingston join “Chicago Tonight” correspondent Carol Marin to discuss their plans for the protest.

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