Police: Officer suffers broken wrist in scuffle with protesters

CHICAGO (STMW) - A Chicago Police officer suffered a broken wrist Friday in a scuffle with protesters.

Police were trying to make way for an ambulance on its way to Northwestern Memorial Hospital when a small group of protesters “engaged police,” according to a CPD statement. One officer was taken to an area hospital with a broken wrist, according to the statement.

The group dispersed immediately and no arrests were made in that incident, police said. The statement did not indicate the precise location of the altercation, and police did not immediately respond to requests for more details.

Police issued three other citations and arrested one person throughout the course of the downtown protests. Friday’s demonstrations were the latest in a series of major demonstrations sparked by the release of dashcam footage last month of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014. Since then, there have been repeated protests, with organizers typically demanding the resignations of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, as well as increased police accountability.

The city also saw protests near Midway Airport Friday afternoon.

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