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Chicago asked not to stifle wireless at summits

Alderman to Chicago police: Don't cut cellphones, wireless access during global summits By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) ' A Chicago alderman wants to prohibit police from shutting down wireless access for the thousands of protesters who are expected to descend on the city in May during the G-8 and NATO summits.

Neither police nor the mayor's office say there are plans to take such a drastic measure that experts say has only been used once in the United States. But Alderman Ricardo Munoz says he wants to make sure police understand that they are not allowed do that.

Munoz says that given Chicago's history ' including protesters being beaten during the 1968 Democratic National Convention and wrongly arrested in 2003 ' it makes sense to get such a policy on paper.

Munoz is expected to introduce his ordinance at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

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