War protesters sue over arrests
March 19, 2004 Friday
Chicago Final Edition
A federal lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of 16 people who took part in a huge demonstration against the Iraq war a year ago alleged that Chicago police arrested them on false charges and verbally abused them.
The suit contended that officers "trapped and pinned" demonstrators on Chicago Avenue, prohibiting most of them from leaving the area, along with many others who weren't even part of the March 20 protest. Police stopped the march when protesters tried to spill onto Michigan Avenue after overrunning several blocks of Lake Shore Drive at rush hour.
All charges against the 16 plaintiffs were ultimately dropped, said Gregory Gorman, one of the attorneys who filed the suit.
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