Occupy Protesters Seek NATO Compensation

Protestors claim lost income and treatment costs

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Tuesday, May 29, 2012  |  Updated 12:23 PM CDT
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A mostly peaceful demonstration that began at Grant Park's Petrillo band shell ended with a violent clash at 22nd and Michigan Avenue just outside McCormick place at around 4:45 p.m.

A mostly peaceful demonstration that began at Grant Park's Petrillo band shell ended with a violent clash at 22nd and Michigan Avenue just outside McCormick place at around 4:45 p.m.

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The city may be praising Chicago Police’s handling of protesters during the NATO Summit, but the Occupy Chicago group is not. 

According a posting on the group's Facebook page, protesters plan to return to the streets Tuesday afternoon to demand compensation for "lost income, lost stability and treatment costs from trauma [police] inflicted upon [protesters].” 
 
“The Chicago Police Department brutalized our bodies and minds at the NATO protests,” according to the posting.  
 
Occupy protesters came from all over the country during the NATO Summit and spent nearly a week on the streets of Chicago, protesting a variety of issues. Around 90 protesters were arrested throughout the summit and many were released without charges. 
 
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy commended his police officers for the way they handled the demonstrations, but also praised the majority of protesters who kept the violence to a minimum. 
 
The group will hold a rally on the corner of Jackson Boulevard and LaSalle Street at 2 p.m., followed by a  march to the Thompson Center and City Hall in search of reimbursement. 
 

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