Why Did Chicago Activists Shut Down an International Police Conference?

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By Kaleb Autman and Amani Howard
October 31, 2015

On Oct. 24, a number of activist groups came together to shut down the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Chicago. The conference shutdown lasted over four hours, after which more than 66 protesters were arrested.

The IACP conference, which took place at Chicago's McCormick Place convention center, had more than 16,000 attendees, including police chiefs from all across the world.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy had the nerve to invite this conference to Chicago after they closed 50 public schools and half of our mental health centers. These officials have continuously showed us that they don't care about Black lives and voices. They should have known we were going to do something about it.

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