Sixty-six Chicago activists calling for policing reforms were arrested Saturday outside the International Association of Chiefs of Police's annual conference being held this year at McCormick Place.
The activists were arrested for blocking traffic after they chained themselves together and sat in the street outside McCormick Place.
The groups involved with the protest -- including BYP 100, We Charge Genocide, Assata's Daughters, Organized Communities Against Deportations and others -- demanded that policing funds be put toward improvements in education, jobs and social services in black communities. They also want greater police accountability and increased community oversight of law enforcement.
The activists took part in the protest to "demand that our lives, our communities and our futures be made a priority," BYP 100 National Director Charlene Carruthers said in statement. "The police chiefs who belong to the IACP, and their local departments have a debt to pay for the lives and the resources they've stolen and we're here to collect."
"Over the past few years, major cuts have been made to social services, education, and job creation in Chicago and abroad, which directly impacts the current and future prospects of Black people," added Camesha Jones with the BYP 100 Chicago Chapter. "We need to fund Black futures, not more cops."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy were among the speakers who addressed the law enforcement conference on Saturday.