The Illinois State Police ended a small anti-gun protest Monday in Chicago by making a few arrests. At long last, law enforcement applied the rule of law. However, it took state troopers to do what the notoriously corrupt City of Chicago refused to do just a few weeks ago.
The Rev. Gregory Livingston led this latest effort to block an interstate highway to promote gun control. This time, they tried to shut down the Kennedy Expressway between Chicago and O’Hare International Airport.
Unfortunately for Rev. Livingston, this time the media far outnumbered protesters. And they tried to shut down a highway that serves a very different segment (and demographic) of Chicago than Fr. Pfleger and his protestors chose in the Dan Ryan shutdown. This time, the Illinois State Police didn’t negotiate. They made arrests.
The Chicago Tribune had the story:
A small anti-violence demonstration Monday near the Kennedy Expressway ended in a way two previous highway protests during the summer did not: with protesters in handcuffs.
A dozen protesters, including the event’s organizer, the Rev. Gregory Livingston, were arrested before they could block traffic on the busy artery that connects downtown Chicago with O’Hare International Airport.
“This shows that we’re willing to sacrifice our freedom for the freedom of others,” Livingston said, calling his arrest a “source of pride.” He said the nonviolent protest delivered the message that large swaths of the city plagued by violence and poverty are being forgotten. “We want to end the ‘tale of two cities’ in the city of Chicago.”
The arrests by Illinois State Police, the agency with jurisdiction over the Kennedy, represented a departure from how police handled two larger protests earlier this summer. In those protests, marchers blocked traffic lanes on the Dan Ryan Expressway and Lake Shore Drive under the watchful eye of the police, but no one was arrested.
This is the same Livingston who appeared with Tio Hardiman at the last pathetic Interstate-blocking soiree “against violence” about a month ago. They tried to shut down Lakeshore Drive and then disrupt a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Despite friends with deep pockets, Livingston couldn’t even find two busloads of people to participate.
At that event, the reverend claimed additional buses full of supporters “got caught in traffic” but they never appeared. The motley gaggle then failed to disrupt the Cubs game. Instead, they bloviated outside, to the amusement of Cubs fans watching the circus from inside the stadium. In other words, that gun control protest turned into an epic failure. Not unlike the Labor Day protest.
Hardiman, in the pink shirt above, served as head of the state-funded gun control group Ceasefire, but lost that gig after his wife contacted police with allegations of spousal abuse. A couple of weeks later, she filed for divorce.
And despite two arrests for domestic battery, Tio “#MeToo” Hardiman has run for Illinois governor in the last two primary elections. On his latest campaign website (since removed), he featured “Women’s Rights” as a defining campaign issue, front and center.
That’s a lot of chutzpah for a guy who caught his first arrest for beating his wife in 1999. At the time, his then-wife said he punched her and threw her to the ground, telling her, “When I get finished with you, nobody’s gonna want you!”
No word on whether Hardiman joined Livingston in this latest march for gun control. That didn’t stop Livingston from some pretty over-the-top rhetoric though. “We want to end the ‘tale of two cities’ in the city of Chicago.”
Chicago’s Democrat machine politicians have helped create two cities in the Windy City. To this day, it’s among the most segregated cities in America. Even the left-leaning publication The Atlantic acknowledges that:
Why are large swaths of Chicago’s population unable to get ahead? There are two main reasons. The first and most obvious is the legacy of segregation that has made it difficult for poor black families to gain access to the economic activity in other parts of the city. This segregation has meant that African Americans live near worse educational opportunities and fewer jobs than other people in Chicago. City leaders in Chicago have exacerbated this segregation over the years, according to Diamond, channeling money downtown and away from the poor neighborhoods. “Public policies played a huge role in reinforcing the walls around the ghetto,” he told me.
Meanwhile, Second City Cop, a popular blog run by a Chicago police officer, had some pretty harsh words for the Rev. Livingston:
You want to end the “tale of two cities”? Stop acting like the rules of a civilized society don’t apply to your community and join everyone else:
- the robbery rate is lower,
- burglary rate lower,
- drug dealing rate lower,
- shooting rate lower,
- and yes, murder rate lower – lower by magnitudesTry it, you might like it.
Given how this latest gun control stunt ended so badly for the instigators, hopefully Chicagoland commuters will no longer need to worry about artificially created traffic jams.
And with Mayor Rahm Emanuel announcing today that he won’t be running for reelection, perhaps Chicago’s residents will learn that the grass grows greener — and with far less violent crime — off of the gun control plantation.