Democratic National Convention planning hampered by fears Brandon Johnson will ‘defend’ protesters

Democratic National Convention planning hampered by fears Brandon Johnson will ‘defend’ protesters


The Democratic National Convention will be hosted in August in Chicago, Illinois, and given Mayor Brandon Johnson’s roots in activism, some fear that protesters could take center stage at the party’s flagship event.

Johnson’s critics worry that he won’t rein in protesters and that the convention will be reminiscent of the riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which was also in Chicago.

Johnson said he is committed to safety and will “move with precision” to keep everyone safe. He said he will allow activists to peacefully protest, and he won’t commit to clearing overnight encampments, such as the ones that have sprouted up on college campuses across the country.

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“It just depends on the situation, quite frankly,” Johnson said. “If people are involved in

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