Chicago POSTGAME - Oct. 23rd, 2010 - Legal drama! The recap that follows is long, be warned. [size=+1]Starting up:[/size] We kicked things off at the intersection nearby the org, where we accumulated honks and danced to bad music. After about an hour, when a bunch of people had gathered up, a few people split off to demonstrate in front of their building. [size=+1]Background info on the ongoing legal scuffle:[/size] Chicago has a law in the books which prevents demonstrations within 150 ft. of a place of worship conducting services. As part of a shenanigan to stop free speech at their building, our Scientologists claim their building is a real church and essentially say they have nonstop "services" from sunup to sundown, every single day, to push protesters away. The police get caught in the middle of the debate over what constitutes a bona fide religious service, and it has caused no end of confusion and mixed instructions on where protesters are allowed to be. [size=+1]First police visit:[/size] After the inevitable Scientologist whining about part of the group protesting in front of their building, the first policeman arrived on the scene. Someone else will have to set the details straight here - my impression is that he seemed to think everything was fine at first. (Lol church services on a Saturday?) Then it seemed like he got tied up talking to a bunch of the Scientologists and was having to hash out the issue with his higher-ups. Things seemed to tip the other way, and at one point he almost seemed to me like he was ready to boot everyone away. (I have no idea why the pendulum seemed to swing so far in the other direction.) More confusion followed... ...And then the policeman just... left. Without saying anything to us. We were like, uhh, whatever? Game on, apparently. [size=+1]The plateau:[/size] There followed a period where not too much notable happened. Our anons at the intersection were still holding signs, chilling out, and eating candy. In front of the org, it was pretty dead. Their building seemed quiet all day, with the exception of the noon hour, when a bunch of staff were going out to get chow. I did see one woman, presumably from the Nation of Islam, getting a walkaround tour and the spiel from iPod Girl. You could Domenic Cusano at the reception desk working the phones. He's a high-level OT, husband of Chicago DSA Rebecca Cusano, and has done stuff for OSA in the past (like try to stalk us at Millennium Park before getting trolled out). [size=+1]Second police visit:[/size] Different officers arrived later in front of the org - our Scientologists never stop calling in complaints. This time it was a supervisor and some others. For the second month in a row, they reversed the green light that we'd received in the first round of police visits (lol at lack of consistency), and took a hard-line stance that all the protesters immediately had to move 150 feet away. One anon, ready for this situation with legal preparations, wished to be cited for the 150 foot issue, in order that the law (or the interpretation of the way it should be enforced) could be challenged. Police seemed to hem and haw for a while about actually following through on enforcing it in this case - even other Chicago PD cops have seemed to think applying it Scientology's way is ridiculous - and then issued the citation to the anon. Domenic Cusano's name was listed as the person making the complaint. Sometimes when we have the cops called on us, the Scientologists like to suddenly jump out and start taking pictures of us talking to the police. No doubt it makes good Scientology propaganda ("ooh look at the evil anons being brought to justice"). [size=+1]The finish:[/size] By then, the drama in front of the org was played out for the day, and the mission of taking the first steps in getting an official examination of the 150 foot law was accomplished. Everyone returned to one of the corners of the nearby intersection again, including the anon who was cited. A few people left, and some others hung around for a good while longer breaking it down to music and having fun. The horn love was good, and so were the cookies. Most likely, there will be anecdotes, photos, and video likely to follow in the next few days.