Grant Park

Grant Park, Chicago, IL (not pictured: statue of Christopher Columbus)

After “consultation with various stakeholders,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has directed the city to remove the Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park and Arrigo Park “until further notice,” according to a press release issued today.

“This step is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space for an inclusive and democratic public dialogue about our city's symbols,” the announcement read. “In addition, our public safety resources must be concentrated where they are most needed throughout the city, and particularly in our South and West Side communities.” 

The move comes exactly one week after protesters attempted to remove the statue on their own. Originally marching in support of Black and Indigenous people, the group caused unrest and assaulted police “with fireworks, rocks, frozen bottles and a variety of other objects” in the clash that ensued, according to NBC5 Chicago.

To read the full statement from Mayor Lightfoot's Office, click here.

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