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ACLU's Harvey Grossman says protesters, police are doing well

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

We've seen the video, and heard the accusations from both sides. But on the special FOX Chicago Sunday NATO newscast, the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union said something he rarely says in situations like these.

"By and large both the protestors and the police have done a very good job," Harvey Grossman said. "What we have seen to the extent that there have been un-permitted marches… or unanticipated or spontaneous speech. It has primarily been peaceful civil disobedience."

Grossman said 60 observers and 10 senior lawyers have been on the streets, watching and following cases like that of the men arrested during a Bridgeport apartment raid Wednesday night, who are now facing domestic terrorism charges.

Their attorney said they were set up by undercover officers.

There is always concern about infiltration by police officers into law abiding groups. The question is: what kind of information did they have at the time they infiltrated this organization, if they did?

The most talked about incident took place Saturday night, when a protester was injured by a police vehicle. Occupy Chicago claims the person was run over.

Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy responded immediately to the press on the street within the hour.

"If something happened... Where somebody's alleging that the police vehicle ran somebody over - I would presume with this many cameras in a crowd that would be on camera somewhere," McCarthy said. "We could use it to investigate and figure out exactly what happened."

There will be more clashes between protestors and police until the summit ends. But so far, the ACLU said so far, so good.

"By and large, I want to stress that both the protesters and the police have conducted themselves in a prudent and positive way," Harvey Grossman said.

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