The Blue Lashes of Antifa Chicago: Police Bring No Charges Against Protesters

A former Chicago police commander was acquitted on Friday of committing a hate crime after a group of protesters targeted him with wild swings of their arms, threatening bodily harm and calling him a…

The Blue Lashes of Antifa Chicago: Police Bring No Charges Against Protesters

A former Chicago police commander was acquitted on Friday of committing a hate crime after a group of protesters targeted him with wild swings of their arms, threatening bodily harm and calling him a “piece of [expletive].”

Cook County prosecutors have said many of the 40 Chicago protesters were members of the Antifa group who were trying to disrupt the trial of Baltimore police commander, Juan Rivera, but others tried to help out, acting as security. Those who didn’t take part in the mob reacted violently.

The department’s Second District commander, Marc Smith, and his deputies say the protests ended when Chicago police shut down the intersection of State and Washington. But in videos from an eyewitness, police said it looks like they started a long way from the start.

Jennifer Hoyle, Chicago Sun-Times contributed to this report.

P.J. O’Rourke: Which way did you even think they were trying to take him?

Sean Penn: I know you know. That must have been the first time you ever directed someone.

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