Protesters picket Dolton village president’s home

2013-03-16T23:45:00Z Protesters picket Dolton village president’s homeGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 16, 2013 11:45 pm  • 

DOLTON | About 50 activists on behalf of village president candidate Valeria Stubbs protested Saturday outside the home of incumbent Village President Ronnie Lewis – only to be chased away by the police.

Those activists were led by Stubbs, who says she has had 11 lawn signs touting her campaign removed even though she had permission from the homeowners to erect them. Stubbs said she has people who saw uniformed officers remove the signs, and added she believes, they did it at Lewis’ instruction.

Stubbs said she tried filing a report Friday with the Dolton Police Department, only to have police refuse to take her information. Dolton Police declined comment Saturday.

Stubbs, along with trustee Riley Rogers, Mary Avent and Kiana Belcher, are all challenging Lewis for his village president post in the April 9 municipal elections.

All of this led to Saturday’s activity outside Lewis’ home on Dobson Avenue. At one point, Stubbs walked up to the front door and rang the doorbell. When no one answered, she began chanting, “I want my signs back. You got your signs out,” referring to the Lewis campaign sign he had in his front lawn.

As it turned out, Lewis drove his car up to his house during the protest – at which point protesters confronted him. He tried ignoring them, saying only that they were in violation of village ordinances by being so close to his home. Several protesters begin chanting, “Stop the dictatorship.”

Within a minute of Lewis entering his house, four Dolton Police squad cars arrived at the scene and several uniformed officers confronted the protesters.

Officers told the protesters to move their activity away from the house, and protesters ultimately dispersed after about 15 minutes without any arrests being made.

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