It began with Foolish String. It ended with two arrests and a felony cost of aggravated battery of police. And the incident was captured start-to-finish on a trusty Wrigleyville webcam.
A gaggle of about 25 protesters gathered outdoors the stadium’s major entrance Wednesday night to march across the neighborhood. It was billed as a Black Lives Matter and “abolish the police” rally, however the protest was broadly promoted by social media accounts with antifa and anarchist leanings.
After about an hour of marching with a CPD bike crew following their each transfer, the group disbanded on a Wrigleyville aspect avenue. And that’s the place the webcam picks up the story.
Round eight:35 p.m., a small group of individuals is seen strolling south on Sheffield Avenue towards Addison. Considered one of them, a person sporting a white sweatshirt, walks over to an SUV that’s ready for a crimson mild to vary and seems to spray one thing into the automobile.
A witness who spoke with CWBChicago thought it was pepper spray. But it surely was truly “streamer string spray” — Foolish String — CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli mentioned. And it allegedly struck the driving force in his face. In line with Bartoli, the person and the driving force, age 40, had been engaged in an argument.
The driving force will get out of his automobile and is heard yelling, “yeah, go run you little f*ggot” because the alleged Foolish String attacker runs throughout the stadium plaza. He doesn’t get far. A motorbike cop has him in cuffs earlier than can get out of the digicam’s body.
Then, it will get uglier. As a second officer pedals throughout the plaza, a person with the protest group drags his personal bicycle into the cop’s path, inflicting the cop to crash.
However the cop isn’t down for lengthy. He springs to his toes and costs ahead, sending the bicyclist and his bike crusing into the aspect of a close-by planter. Again-up officers place the second man into custody. The officer acquired an abrasion to his elbow when he fell, Bartoli mentioned.
Prosecutors charged 26-year-old Matthew Sugai of Avondale with one felony depend of aggravated battery of police. He’s due in bond courtroom Friday.
Michael Parks, 25, of McKinley Park, is charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly spraying the driving force with Foolish String. Police mentioned the driving force declined to pursue felony costs.
Parks’ mugshot was not instantly obtainable as a result of he’s solely charged with a misdemeanor.