Rockford, Illinois News

Protesters arrested outside Rockford City Hall

ROCKFORD — Six protesters were arrested outside City Hall Monday morning.

Three people were taken into custody after police reportedly warned the group not to block the public entrance or the ADA ramp.

“I think what they were threatening to charge people with is trespassing,” one demonstrator said.

A fourth person was taken into custody after protesters were engaged in an exchange with the driver of a black Cadillac. The motorist, heard earlier shouting various slurs as he left City Hall, exited his vehicle and confronted demonstrators at the corner of South Second and Walnut streets, accusing them of kicking his car. Police approached the area and led a woman away in handcuffs.

The fifth and sixth arrests occurred near the ADA entrance, when a woman and man left the designated protest area.

Protesters have been outside City Hall since Saturday, calling on Mayor Tom McNamara to hold a press conference and release the name of the officer involved in the shooting of a 21-year-old local man Friday on the city’s south side.

This story has been updated.

You might also like