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Charges filed after investigation of Chicago political protest

A canceled political rally in Chicago, Illinois, still managed to draw a crowd estimated as in the thousands to protest against Donald Trump, the Republican front runner in the 2016 presidential race. The crowded streets outside the facility turned violent as a few of the protester fought with police officers who were on the scene to maintain control over the situation.

Two police officers were injured along with a civilian in confrontations with protesters. Four people were arrested and charged with misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing a police officer. Two of the four people also face at least one felony charge each of resisting and obstructing a police officer and aggravated battery of a peace officer. The individuals charged in the incidents were arrested and must appear in court to answer the charges and have a judge decide if they should be released on bail.

Battery charges are separate from assault charges under Illinois law. Assault is conduct that places another person in fear or apprehension of struck or it, but it does not involve actual physical contact. Battery, on the other hand, is conduct that causes physical harm or, at the very least, physical contact with to another individual. When the victim is a peace officer, the state can elect to charge the offender with aggravated felony charges.

Felonies are serious charges for which the law imposes harsh penalties that could include incarceration. Criminal charges are nothing more than allegations until they are proven in court with the evidence gathered during an investigation of the incident. Individuals facing criminal charges have the right to be represented by attorneys who will review the evidence and decide upon a strategy to challenge the prosecution's case.

Source: WGNTV, "4 Charged in protests after canceled Trump rally at UIC," Adrienne Balow, Mar. 13, 2016

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