Chicago police accused of intimidation as Nato demonstrations planned

From The Guardian UK:

Video appears to show officers asking protesters about Nato summit plans, adding that they would ‘come looking for’ them

Friday 11 May 2012

Chicago police have been accused of intimidating protesters ahead of the Nato conference next week.

A video posted to YouTube appears to show officers saying they would “come looking for” protesters after a traffic stop in the city.

Thousands of protesters are expected to gather in Chicago when the city hosts the Nato conference on 20-21 May. Police have been criticised for spending some $1m on riot gear ahead of the demonstrations.

YouTube user NewsPowerTV posted the three-minute video, which it said was “anonymously submitted” on Monday. It said the video showed officers “intimidating and threatening physical violence against protesters arriving in Chicago on May 9th, 2012”. The user later posted a 30-minute, unedited, version of the encounter.

In the footage an officer is heard asking: “You guys got something planned for next week?” Before one of the protesters says they are heading to Occupy Chicago.

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