Our Mass Defense Committee and NLG Chicago Legal Observer Program volunteers were out in force January 20 and 21, 2017 to support people in the streets protesting Trump’s agenda. For future protests and rallies, read and share these tips by Charlene Carruthers of BYP 100 generated by Law for Black Lives, and write down the legal support contacts in your city.
In Chicago, if you have information about someone arrested, remember to please call our hotline at 312-913-0039 and press “0” when the voicemail answers.
We tracked a total of 15 arrested the night of January 20. Eleven people were released that night. Several were in police custody at CPD 18th Dist. (Larrabee & Division), and at least one at CPD 1st Dist. (18th & State).
Of the 3 people who were in custody, 1 had bond court January 21 at 1:30pm at 26th & California and were represented by NLG volunteer attorneys. They were given a $1,600 bond, the other arrestee was released without monetary bond. One other arrestee was held in CPD custody under investigation, but was released w/o monetary bond. Everyone whose name we had was accounted for.
Many thanks to the Chicago Community Bond Fund who posted the $1,600 bond of the final Chicago J20 protestor.
For news on the J20 protests in Washington D.C., check out: