CHICAGO — A Chicago Police Department official says activists' plans for the NATO Summit would pose a "significant drain on resources" and have a large impact on traffic.
Debra Kirby is chief of international relations for the Chicago Police Department. She testified Tuesday at a hearing on an appeal from protesters seeking a permit to march during the May event. She is coordinating police response to the summit.
Activists are appealing a city denial of their request to hold a march during the summit. Organizers have promised to file a lawsuit if the city rules against them.
Protesters have a permit for May 19, the day of the G-8 Summit, which has been moved to Camp David. They want to change the date to May 20, the day of the NATO Summit.