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Protest march organizers don’t want mayor’s support

July 30, 2018
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Rev. Gregory Livingston, right, and parishioner Greg Smith, left, of Lakeview Lutheran Church are greeted by another supporter during a press conference outside the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel at City Hall Monday, July 30, 2018, in Chicago. Organizers of a march this week that may snarl traffic in one of Chicago's most heavily populated neighborhoods say they don't want the support of the city's mayor. Livingston said Monday it would be ridiculous to seek Rahm Emanuel's approval since they are marching in part to call for him and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to step down. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Organizers of a march this week that may snarl traffic in one of Chicago’s most heavily populated neighborhoods say they don’t want the support of the city’s mayor.

The Rev. Gregory Livingston said Monday it would be ridiculous to seek Rahm Emanuel’s approval since they are marching in part to call for him and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to step down. Livingston says the two should go because of their inability to get the city’s violence under control.

Livingston on Thursday plans to lead marchers along Lake Shore Drive during the evening rush to Wrigley Field, before a San Diego Padres-Chicago Cubs game and the first day of the Lollapalooza music festival.

Emanuel backed an anti-violence march that shut down part of a South Side expressway July 7. He has said a decision on whether to support this week’s protest is based on organizers’ public safety planning with police officials.

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