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    Posted May 20, 2012 by
    Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago Police Van Plows Through Protesters


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     SladeGrove says he was not involved in the protests in downtown Chicago on May 19, but he did witness a Chicago police van go through a group of demonstrators. He says the medics seen in the video were volunteering on-site during the protests, and that official medics were not responding to the call for help.

    'From my point of view the police were yet again out of control. They are doing things like what is shown in the video and then apologizing about it after the fact,' he says. Bill McCaffrey of the Chicago mayor's office issued a statement on May 19 to CNN stating that an individual "was attacking the van" with a knife and slashed its tires. CNN contacted the director of the Chicago Police Department's News Affairs for further comments, but a statement has not been issued in regards to the video at this time. You can read more about the protests on CNN.com.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    At approximately 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 a Chicago Police van drove into a crowd of demonstrators who were attempting to cross westbound over the Jackson Street bridge at the Chicago River.

    Chicago Police van number 6751, accelerated as it passed through the crowd, striking several people and seriously injuring one victim who was later transported to the emergency room. The extent of the victim's injuries are not known.

    The driver of the van made no attempt to ascertain the condition of any of the people that were struck. Witnesses watched as the van passed through the phalanx of police surrounding the scene and drove away from the area. Had there been a civilian driving, they would certainly have been charged with a hit-and-run on a pedestrian in the roadway and taken into custody once they had been apprehended.

    No order to disperse had been given to the crowd. The van was running it's siren, however police vans in close proximity to the rear of the crowd had been running their sirens all day, so it was not immediately noticed that the van was intending to pass through the crowd. The occupants of the van made no attempt to use the public address loudspeakers to warn those in their path.
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