Italian American Leaders Want To Talk To Protesters, Ask For Peace After Violence Erupted At Christopher Columbus Statue

Jul 21, 2020 420

BY: Brandon Ison

Violence between police and protestors at a downtown Christopher Colombus statue Friday night has Italian Americans in Chicago speaking up. Italian Americans in Chicago want to talk with protestors they say have gone too far as a violent confrontation with police took place Friday night. 

Members of the Italian American community said they don't understand why other groups would want to work to destroy their heritage, and they don't understand why violence has to be involved. "These people were throwing fireworks at the police, bottles, bricks, and then this kid had the nerve to get on TV and say they were getting in our face. Who was getting in whose face? And that is the trouble," said retired Judge Sam Amirante.

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