Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel filed a notice of appeal Friday on a
decision Circuit Court Judge Thomas More Donnelly made a day before to
dismiss the October 2011 arrests of 91 Occupy Chicago protesters.
Protesters were arrested for violating the Chicago Park District's 11
p.m. Grant Park curfew. Donnelly ruled that such a curfew had been
arbitrarily enforced. The judge noted that people celebrating President Barack
Obama's 2008 election victory stayed at Grant Park past 11 p.m. with no
Emanuel said at a press conference Friday
that this was an "apples and oranges" comparison partly because
protesters, Emanuel said, planned to stay at the park overnight. Emanuel
has often praised the behavior of the Chicago Police Department in
responding to Occupy Chicago protesters.