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Local Man Among Three Arrested At Anti-Fascism Protest

Thomas Rainey and Ezra Arreola. CPD Photo.

Three people were arrested after about two dozen protesters took to the streets after a 2 p.m. rally at the Cook County Courthouse at 2452 W. Belmont Ave. on Tuesday afternoon. The event was organized to denounce white supremacy and more specifically a man who had a hearing at the courthouse and protesters say has ties to the group.

After the protest ended around 3:30 p.m., the protesters took to the street, temporarily blocking the intersection of Belmont and Clybourn. As Chicago police tried to move the group to the sidewalks, a scuffle broke out after 28-year-old Ezra Arreola refused the officers orders.

As Arreola was being arrested, 50-year-old Thomas Rainey stepped in using his hands and hips to stop the incident. Rainey lives on the 6400 block of Newgard Ave. just North of Devon.

Arreola has been charged with reckless conduct and resisting arrest. Rainey has been charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and resisting arrest. Both men are due in bond court today.

A third man, 25-year-old Ian Walsh, was also arrested at the courthouse. According to police, he was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault to a peace officer after allegedly throwing an object at them.

The organizers of the protest have scheduled another rally today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse to demand the three men’s release.

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