Six people arrested Tuesday evening in a small protest of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Games were charged with mob action Wednesday.
The five men and one woman interrupted crews that were attempting to hang an Olympic laurel from the Picasso statue in Daley Plaza by dragging the Olympic banner and tossing it into the "eternal flame," authorities said.
Charged are 24-year-old brothers Jeremy Hammond and Jason Hammond of Glendale Heights, Brian Brown, 22, of Itasca; Jeremy Sorkin, 21, of Chicago; Johnathan Clark, 21, of Rocky Mountain, N.C.; and Anna Stafford, 20, of Wheatfield, Ind., said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.
The accused vandals then got into a scuffle with police, who then took them into custody.
They are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.