Activists are in their fourth day of protesting outside Chicago's Homan Square police facility in response to proposed legislation that would expand the city's hate crime law to protect police, firefighters and paramedics.
The #FreedomSquare Occupation across the street from the West Side police facility is being organized by the #LetUsBreathe Collective.
"People have been out here consistently since we've opened. We created a rain shelter over there and a lot of people brought their cars and slept in their cars overnight," Damon Williams of the Black Youth Project (BYP) 100 Chicago told DNAinfo Chicago.
Activists oppose legislation, introduced by powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th), that would establish protections against hate crimes for police and other first responders.
Under the proposed hate crime ordinance, violators could face imprisonment of up to six months and a fine up to $2,500.
Protesters are tweeting from the occupation under the #FreedomSquare, #HomanSquare and #LetUsBreathe hashtags.