June 29, 2020 Judicial Division

Director's Column


By Tori J. Wible, Chicago, IL

When I started writing this column, the news was all about the COVID-19 Pandemic, the economic collapse, skyrocketing unemployment, protests by people who didn’t want to wear masks, and groups of people gathered at Memorial Day gatherings without practicing social distancing. In the intervening week, those issues have been pushed aside for something even more insidious than a virus, the systemic bias brought to the forefront so many times before. This time it was the videotaped death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer. The resulting protests were understandable, the First Amendment protects the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. We watched in horror as those peaceable assemblies turned violent and calls for justice became opportunities to loot and destroy property.

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