Police clashed with protesters near a large statue of Christopher Columbus in Chicago's Grant Park Friday evening.
Authorities deployed pepper spray on crowds attempting to pull down the statue, forcing the crowd to eventually dispersed from the area.
Before that moment, protesters were seen throwing bottles and full soda cans at police, while some even shot off fireworks.
Multiple officers were reportedly injured, and some were treated at the scene.
The Chicago Fire Department says that at least four members of the crowd were injured and taken to a hospital in good condition, and several arrests were made.
Protesters had initially gathered for a Black Lives Matter demonstration at around 5 p.m.
The crowd grew to several hundred before making their way to the statue of Columbus, which the city had covered in plastic.
The crowd tied at least two ropes to the statue to try to pull it down.
At that point, police tactical units arrived, deploying pepper spray. Several people, both protesters, and police were overcome by the chemical, pouring water into their eyes.
Police were still at the scene late Friday evening, while the statue remained upright.
Some members of the Chicago City Council commented on the protest on Twitter.
Alderman for Chicago's 35th Ward, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, said, "Black and Indigenous Chicagoans and people from all across the city came together to do what our so-called progressive mayor refused and failed to do."
Black and Indigenous Chicagoans and people from all across the city came together to do what our so-called progressive mayor refused and failed to do. They were met with violence and abuse. It's shameful and disgusting.— Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa 🇺🇸 (@CDRosa) July 18, 2020
Alderman Daniel La Spata, for Chicago's 1st ward, said, "Chicago may be the only 'liberal' city willing to brutalize Black and brown youth to protect a symbol of white supremacy."
Appalled at the aftermath of today’s Columbus protest. Chicago may be the only “liberal” city willing to brutalize Black and brown youth to protect a symbol of white supremacy. Sickening.— Daniel La Spata (@DanielLaSpata) July 18, 2020
At 9 a.m., several aldermen and Illinois officials gathered to condemn CPD's response to the protest.
"Social media and press reports from Friday night confirmed that SWAT buses, pepper spray, and press suppression resulted in severe injuries to young protestors," a statement said.
Participating organizations include Black Youth Project 100, Black Lives Matter Chicago, Chi-Nations Youth Council, the Black Abolitionist Network, and United Working Families.
The Italian American Human Relations Foundation of Chicago also responded to the protest, saying in part, "This was the work of evil-minded people. They have been fueled by an educational system too lax in its reliance on a poor curriculum re the education of the legacy of Columbus, and abetted by the majority of the media who refuse to question the baseless revisionist history of the Columbus saga."
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