After the end of a peaceful protest march during the NATO summit on 20 May that ended at Cermak and Michigan on Chicago’s South Side, the Chicago Police Department and other enforcement entities massed a large show of force of at least 1000 officers in an effort to disperse the lingering crowd.

 

What ensued was a struggle between police and the more radical elements of the protest movement during the NATO conference. More than 40 arrests were recorded and many people bloodied at the hands of the police. This represented a departure from the more hands off and restrained approach that Chicago Police Department had been using during the lead up to the event.

 

I see this moment as the struggle between the power of the state and the power of the people.

This story is part of Jon’s long-term project about the South Side.

 

Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Protesters clash with police on Chicago's South Side during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.