Pro-police demonstrators attending a «Back the Blue» rally squared off with a smaller group of BLM protesters on Saturday in Grand Park, one of the sites in Chicago where a statue of Christopher Columbus was removed days ago by the authorities.
Many verbal disagreements and obscene gestures could be seen between demonstrators. Police had to continuously separate the two groups, at one point physically holding the BLM protesters on the other side of the street from where the bigger pro-police rally gathered.
Banners in support of US President Donald Trump's reelection and «Blue Lives Matter» signs could also be seen.
«This is also a message to our politicians that they are supposed to be our voice, a voice that can stand up for the police and support them as well,» said one of the «Back the Blue» protest organisers.
The removal of Columbus' statue is the latest in a series of monuments removed around the world amid tensions in the US and debate over colonialism and racism triggered by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.