According to a police report, an aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Vance Henry, was physically assaulted at a prayer vigil on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The vigil was being held on the block where two people were shot and killed by Chicago police over the weekend.
A police spokesman, Sgt. Bob Kane, told the Tribune that the 50-year-old Henry was punched, tackled, and kicked while walking with Jason Ervin, alderman for the 28th Ward. At present, no one is in custody for the assault.
The man told Henry that he “should go back downtown,” Ervin said. At that point, Henry and Ervin told the man to “go home with that . . . We’re here with the family. This is not the time and place for this,” Ervin said.
The man also said that “the police are killing us,” according to the report. The man and a second person left the area briefly but returned, repeating the complaints, according to the report.
Henry then told the assailant to “get out of his face,” and the man swung at Henry, striking him in the face, the report said. A second person tackled Henry and shoved him to the ground, the report said. According to the report, the two assailants attempted to kick Henry, grazing him in the back of the head.
“No one here in this neighborhood is afraid to open their doors when they hear police are coming,” Coalition for a New Chicago’s Gregory Livingston said, according to the Tribune. However, people in the neighborhood where Quintonio Legrier and Bettie Jones, who were killed on Saturday, “live in a state of fear. It’s not a code of silence, it’s a state of fear.”
“We believe that Austin and Englewood and all these neighborhoods should have the same type of policing as they do in Ravenswood, Lakeview and Lincoln Park.”