Father Pfleger, protesters threatened with arrest if Dan Ryan shut down

In 2017, Saint Sabina’s Father Michael Pfleger and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson lead a rally that preceded a peace march in June. (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)

By Keith Chambers, Chicago Crusader

Illinois State Police have threatened to arrest Saint Sabina’s Father Michael Pfleger, who plans to shut down the Dan Ryan expressway on Saturday, July 7 as part of a march to protest the shootings in neighborhoods in Chicago.

The march will take place on the expressway at 10 a.m. from 79th St. to 67th Street. Pfleger is asking all participants to meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Carter Temple CME Church, 7841 S. Wabash Ave. A free bus ride is being offered to those who want to ride a bus to the march.

“If they say doing this will pull officers from the most needed neighborhoods in the city of Chicago, then pull them from the North Side,” Pfleger said, in a news conference Tuesday, July 3.

Pfleger said Illinois State Police hand delivered a letter Tuesday morning that said they would arrest anyone who steps foot on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

“They’ll close any expressway when a president comes into town, they’ll close it for every event that’s going on in this city, they close down Lake Shore Drive for the Bulls . . . ” Pfleger said. “Why don’t you close it down for people and for lives?”

Pfleger remains defiant, saying he’s not going to allow the threats to stop his plan to shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway.



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  1. I hope ILLINOIS STATE POLICE do follow through with arresting anyone who steps onto the Dan Ryan Expressway for protesting, including Pfleger (sorry even though I’m Catholic, I cannot call him “Father”). I also hope the arresting officers stay safe and while they’re at it, flip off Rahm for his lack of following laws… whether it be condoning this illegal act on the Dan Ryan or having Chicago a sanctuary city for ILLEGALS. I’m sorry the CPD cannot help ISP out with the arrests, but I know Leo S has some balls and will command his men to do what is necessary to UPHOLD the LAW!


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