Protestors arrested near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC) Aug. 29 appeared in court Sept. 21, where some had the charges against them dropped.
Seven protestors, six of whom are Loyola students, were arrested by Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers Aug. 29 while blocking the intersection of North Sheridan Road and North Kenmore Avenue, The Phoenix previously reported.
The demonstrators are a part of Our Streets LUC, a student-run group which has been holding protests on and around LSC since Aug. 21. The group is calling for Loyola to cut ties with CPD and better support Black students, among other things.
Four of the seven arrested had their charges dropped in court Sept. 21, according to court records. It wasn’t immediately clear why the charges were dropped.
Nineteen-year-old Loyola students Dorien Perry-Tillmon, Payton Winterhof and Trevion Johnson along with 21-year-old student Francesca Spizzo were all originally charged with pedestrians to exercise due care meaning they blocked the street, not allowing other drivers and pedestrians to pass, The Phoenix reported.
Perry-Tillmon, Winterhof, Spizzo and Johnson all had their cases dismissed as prosecutors decided not to pursue charges, according to records from the Cook County Court.
Perry-Tillmon, Spizzo, Winterhof and Johnson declined The Phoenix’s request for comment.
Loyola student Valerie Creek, 19, didn’t have her charges dropped Sept. 21, and instead will appear in court again in October, records show. Creek was charged with pedestrians to exercise due care, battery causing bodily harm and resisting or obstructing a peace officer, The Phoenix reported.
Creek didn’t respond to The Phoenix’s request for comment.
Liliana Silva, another 19-year-old Loyola student arrested, also will appear in court again in October. Silva was charged with pedestrians to exercise due care, two counts of resisting or obstructing a peace officer and battery causing bodily harm, The Phoenix reported.
Silva declined The Phoenix’s request for comment.
Patrick Beale-Delvecchio was the only non-Loyola student arrested Aug. 29. Beale-Delvecchio, 19, will appear in court again in November — he was charged with pedestrians to exercise due care and obstructing an officer, The Phoenix reported.
Beale-Delvecchio declined The Phoenix’s request for comment.