Donald Trump’s planned rally in Chicago on Friday was cancelled amid violent clashes. Trump’s rally was to take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago, and after meeting with law enforcement, has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date,” the Trump campaign said in a statement, according to CNN. “Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.”
The Chicago Police Department arrested four men and a woman at the rally, according to USA Today.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised officers’ effort under difficult circumstances.
“For all of us who cherish the ideals upon which our country was founded, the hateful, divisive rhetoric that pits Americans against each other demeans our democratic values and diminishes our democratic process,” he said in a statement, according to CNN. “I want to thank the men and women of the Chicago Police Department for their hard work tonight in unexpected circumstances, and their continued commitment to protecting people’s first amendment rights.”