What happened between police and protesters at the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park on Friday night?

Anna Davlantes

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 19: Workers cover a statue of Christopher Columbus before the start of a Juneteenth march organized by faith leaders on June 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when a Union general read orders in Galveston, Texas stating all enslaved people in Texas were free according to federal law. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A protest Friday at the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park became violent as police clashed with protesters. According to police, “agitators” hijacked what was supposed to be a peaceful protest that led to 49 officers being injured. Anna speaks with activist and Chicago Freedom School youth organizer Essence Gatheright, who was at the protest and tells us what she saw. Retired Chicago Police Sgt. Pete Koconis talks about what he saw on the video that the Chicago Police Department released. Anna also talks to Andre DiMino, Executive Board Member for the Italian American One Voice Coalition, about the attack on the Columbus statue and what Columbus represents to Italian Americans. We also take your calls.

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Anna Davlantes is a Chicago native, a seven-time Emmy Award-winning journalist who has broken major stories, passionately told small stories and exposed corruption that has prompted major investigations and reform. (Click for more.)
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