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Protesters Gather Outside Rahm's House



    Protesters decrying the closure of a number of mental health facilities in Chicago, among other things, sat outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's North Side home on Saturday afternoon.

    The march followed an earlier, smaller march through the neighborhood that had groups going door-to-door to hand out fliers.

    The afternoon event saw two buses filled with protesters arrive at a park near his Ravenswood Manor residence at around 1:15 p.m. to bolster ranks already established near the home on Hermitage.

    Police on bicycles stood guard at the property.  Police spokeswoman Caroline Weisser said there is a state law that says you cannot picket in front of private residences.

    Authorities attempted to keep the protestors moving along when they get to neighborhood.

    "The plan seems to be working. We are facilitating the marches while at the same time arresting people when they engage in criminal activity," said police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

    An Emanuel spokesperson said the mayor repsects the demonstrator's First Amendment right to free expression.