CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday defended the actions of Chicago police officers who have dramatically stepped up security around her home in Logan Square.
Chicago police last week turned away demonstrators at a school resource officer protest just as the march was trying to head down Mayor Lightfoot’s street.
The Chicago Tribune reports the local police commander has told officers to lock down the block. One neighbor told the paper they have started referring to the area as “Fort Lori.”
At an unrelated police event, Lightfoot said the added security is appropriate.
Police officers are being ordered to arrest anyone who refuses to leave the area.
The police move comes as protests in Chicago have occasionally turned violent and devolved into vandalism and looting. Previously, demonstrators have gathered outside the mayor's home to challenge her administration's positions on various issues.