ROCKFORD (WREX) — Hours after at least nine people were arrested in downtown Rockford during a protest, former IL State Rep. Litesa Wallace helped bond out more than half of them.
Wallace told 13 WREX she felt compelled to do it after seeing the livestream of the protesters being arrested.
Wallace asked people to cash app her money or donate to the Winnebago Bond Project in order to pay for the bonds. In total, she said she was able to help get seven of the protesters out of jail. Those protesters were arrested on misdemeanor charges. The ones on felony charges remain behind bars.
The protest, associated with the group Rockford Youth Abolitionists, started Friday night around 6. RYA leaders have rallied on East State Street in downtown Rockford multiple times since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
They've told 13 News on multiple occasions that they want to disrupt events like City Market, which is held on Friday nights downtown, until they see justice for those abused at the hands of police.