Large Protest at Christopher Columbus Statue in Grant Park

A large protest ensued Friday evening near the Christopher Columbus statue at Chicago’s Grant Park as demonstrators gathered in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Protesters surrounding the statue were shouting “Columbus was a murderer” at one point, according to a video posted on Twitter.

Protesters surround statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park in #chicago shouting “Columbus was a murderer!” @BLMChi @GKMC18 @Sarah4Justice #BlackLivesMatter

— Madeleine #CopsOutCPS (@madeleinedupre) July 18, 2020

According to the individual who posted the video, Chicago police officers deployed pepper spray into the crowd of protesters surrounding the statue.

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