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Activists Protest Police in Downtown Chicago Shopping Zone on Black Friday

November 27, 2015  | 

On one of the busiest U.S. retails days, thousands of people took to Chicago's most prestigious downtown shopping district on Friday to protest last year's shooting death of a black teenager by a white policeman and the city's handling of the case.

About 2,000 people with signs reading "Stop Police Terror" gathered in a cold drizzle for the march on Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" on the Black Friday shopping day, which closed the major city street of Michigan Avenue to traffic.

Organizers said the rally, led by activist-politician the Rev. Jesse Jackson and several state elected officials, is a show of outrage over the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, 17, and what they see as racial bias in U.S. policing, Reuters reports.

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Jim B. @ 11/28/2015 6:23 AM

So what I don't understand is why are they protesting now? The officer has been charged with murder. Isn't that what they want? I can see them protesting right after the shooting, that's to be expected. If the investigation had led to the officer not being charged I could see them protesting. And, of course, if the officer is acquitted I would assume they will protest.

But he has been charged in this case. So what are they complaining about? In virtually every other OIS that's the first thing they demand is that the officer be charged. "We got what we wanted! Now lets go out and protest!" Huh?

Leonard @ 11/28/2015 12:39 PM

The problems with Chicago PD and the DAs office goes back several years. CPD has been considered on of the most corrupt in the country and has a history of rampant abuse particularly toward the African American community. CPD has tortured suspects in the past and has been subject to reports by Amensty International, Huffington Post and other news outlets. One of the most aggregious recent abuses has been the Hoffman Square facility. A facility that some charge to be a black site for local PD where the hide suspects in the bookings process keeping them from family and lawyers. Prosecutor Alvarez has been recognized as one of the worst in the country as well, using her position to intimidate those investigating her offices past convictions. Her office was chastised for prosecutorial abuses. That's why people are protesting, this death was just the math that lit the fuses. Just like in Baltimore, Ferguson and other cities where policing has become predatory instead of helpful.

Retired Captain @ 11/29/2015 12:25 AM

Leonard you seem to be regurgitating information published by the media, do you live in Chicago? Are you sure about the name of the facility where people "disappear"? Predatory policing? Really? I hope you are fully capable of caring for yourself since there will not likely be a predatory officer there to help during the process of you becoming a victim.

S.S. @ 11/30/2015 6:41 AM

leonard is talking out of his ass again. b.l.m. is just out looking for oppurtunities to rob, and loot. When they're not doing this they harass and bully the public, whos there to just shop. b.l.m. is as CORRUPT as any other so-called activist groups. Really who the fuck cares about what sharpton and jackson have to say anyways. Those two are the biggest crooks that are involved with these other shit bags. b.l.m. is not what M.L.K. would of wanted. Just another set of thugs looking for trouble...

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