Donald Trump Rally Canceled in Chicago 5 Arrested Two Police Officers Injured
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News March 11, 2016
A Donald Trump rally in Chicago was cancelled Friday night due to large crowds of protesters amassed inside and outside the venue, leading organizers to fear for the safety of those gathered.
Five were arrested and two police officers were injured Initially, the university's police was responsible for security inside the event -- held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavillon -- while the city and state's jurisdiction was outside the event.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told media that the department never told the Trump campaign there was a security threat at the University of Illinois at Chicago venue.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement Saturday night: “For all of us who cherish the ideals upon which our country was founded, the hateful, divisive rhetoric that pits Americans against each other demeans our democratic values and diminishes our democratic process. I want to thank the men and women of the Chicago Police Department for their hard work tonight in unexpected circumstances, and their continued commitment to protecting people’s first amendment rights.”
Tensions were high the moment doors opened to the UIC Pavilion, and people were escorted out of the arena as early as an hour before Trump was set to speak.
"Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed until another date," the announcement said. "Thank you very much for you attendance and please go in peace."
After the announcement, the crowd got rowdy. The crowd erupted into booing. Some in the crowd began chanting, “We want Trump! We want Trump!”