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Protesters arrested on Friday released after bond, continue to protest on Saturday

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — People are still shaken by up the 17 total arrests made in downtown Rockford within the last two days.

Scott Garwick is one of the 11 protesters arrested on Friday. He says it's been a long 24 hours.

"We were holding back traffic to keep traffic out of the protest area and because of that we were arrested," said Garwick.

Garwick was charged with mob action on Friday. He was released from custody early Saturday morning after paying bond. The woman who got him out of jail is former IL State Rep. Litesa Wallace.

"I just immediately felt the urge to come down and make sure that they were bonded out," said Wallace.

Wallace was up all night collecting donations from the community to help bond out more than half of the people arrested on Friday in downtown Rockford. Other community members waited outside of the Winnebago County Justice Center past dawn.

"We basically used the money that came in through Cash App to be able to cover the seven individuals whom we were able to bond out," said Wallace. "Four people have felonies and will not be able to be bonded out until they appear before a judge."

"I don't really hate the police. But based on my experiences last night, my opinion has really changed," said Garwick.

Even after a night behind bars, Garwick says he still wants to fight the good fight.

"I don't think we can let something like being arrested deter us from doing what's right," said Garwick.

"It was never comfortable. It is an uncomfortable thing to have civil unrest but in moments of injustice you have to speak out," said Wallace.

Both Wallace and Garwick say they have no problems with people who support law enforcement. But they say everyone deserves to be treated equally.

Wallace says she is asking people to help donate for those arrested on Saturday so they too can be bonded out.

Cassandra Bretl

Multimedia Journalist
Cassandra is the morning reporter for 13 News Today.
She joined the WREX team in July of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a major, minor and a certificate.
She is excited to bring her skills back to the 815 where she is originally from.
You can contact Cassandra at cbretl@wrex.com

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