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Black Lives Matter Shuts Down Chicago Expressway Over Police Shooting Of Teen

April 14, 2016  | 

Traffic on Chicago's Eisenhower Expressway was disrupted Tuesday night when a Black Lives Matter vigil held over the death of a 16-year-old turned into a march, reports UPI.

Several lanes of the expressway were blocked, and two protesters were arrested.

The march was preceded by a Black Lives Matter vigil mourning the death of 16-year-old Pierre Loury, who was shot and killed on Monday by Chicago police.

Police stopped a car Monday evening that matched the description of one sought in an earlier shooting. Pierre jumped out of the car and tried to flee the scene on foot.

Chicago Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy said an "armed confrontation" followed, in which officers shot Pierre, whom police describe as a documented gang member, after he allegedly pointed a gun at police. Police said a weapon was recovered. A witness claims he saw officers "high five" one another after Pierre was shot down. Another witness said Pierre was climbing a fence when he was shot.

Pierre was pronounced dead at a local hospital due to gunshot wounds to the chest. His death was ruled a homicide.

"We do believe that this individual turned and pointed the handgun at the officer the handgun was recovered at the scene where the young man was shot," 1st Deputy Supt. John Escalante told reporters.

The officer who fired his gun has been placed on administrative duties for 30 days.


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OK then @ 4/14/2016 4:55 PM

Whenever I read articles about these events I can't help but hear the protests from South Park in my head, "rabble, rabble, rabble!"

kevCopAz @ 4/14/2016 6:07 PM

I would like to "high five" the officers too. The criminal forced their hand, the criminal could have just surrendered, the criminal was at fault for his own death. As far as the BLM folks are concerned, please take a bit of advice... why don't you stop defending criminals that were obviously at fault and deserved what they got and wait for the time when the police actually do something wrong (as infrequent as that is) then possibly you might make a legitimate point. You consistently (like Al Sharpton still does about Ferguson) back criminal sociopaths when doing so just shows how racist and wrong you are and how little anyone (Black or White)should pay attention to your opinions. Funny how these people can all leave work and school to protest this way. I would be interested iff anyone could ever research as to how many of these loser protesters even have a job or even go to school. Venture not many, if any at all? They just rather block those that do work instead. Idiotic

OK then @ 4/14/2016 8:45 PM

It is like their thought process is knee jerk only. Cop shoots black guy/girl is all that registers, never mind any of the other details. And why block highways? I don't understand that.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/14/2016 11:05 PM

I'd give those protesters a clear warning to get off the highway, wait five minutes, then arrest anyone still there.

Leonard @ 4/15/2016 7:24 AM

Given that latest task force report regarding the rampant and persistent racism permeating the CPD. Every protest is warranted and every police account in an OIS is investigated fully.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/15/2016 8:35 AM

Peaceful protests yes. Blocking a highway, NO. That's going beyond protesting to criminal activity.

Robert @ 4/15/2016 9:24 AM

kevCopAz...your typical response..blame the victim. Run from the cops = get shot in your world.
I would say in this case there is room to protest...at least from the initial facts.
The police say he had a gun and was pointing it at the LEO who shot him...but they also admit he was jumping/climbing over a fence at the same time??
To me, this seems really hard to do...so something doesn't really add up. I personally cannot climb a fence with 1 hand...while turning and pointing a gun at the same time.
As for the protest...look up the 1st amendment and other articles of the constitution about it.
The BLM, if they choose, can sit at the street corner and say: the World is about to end, All Police are Evil, Elvis is alive and Bigfoot exists....that is their right, and you may not like the message, but as a govt. employee you must respect that right.
Shutting down a freeway, it typically Civil Disobedience. Of course some on this board prefer the Bull Connor method of control.

Reading is Fundamental @ 4/15/2016 11:58 AM

Once again Lenrod, "Another witness said Pierre was climbing a fence when he was shot." The police did not admit that a "witness" claims that. Run from cops does not = get shot unless armed with a deadly weapon while trying to escape. Which ='s objectively reasonable.

Robert @ 4/15/2016 1:00 PM

Reading...your small mind will just never get it...but here are the quotes
1. Chicago Sun Times: The teenager killed by a Chicago police officer Monday night was carrying a gun that fell from his waistband as he scaled a fence during a police chase on the West Side, according to a law enforcement source. Pierre Loury picked up the gun after he landed on the other side of the fence, and that’s when he was fatally shot, the source said Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
2. Another newspaper has a citizen witness, who says the victim was still on the fence when shot.
3. The initial LEO report said the victim pointed the gun at the officer, while scaling a fence.

So, at the moment nobody knows which one is true...but in my mind, #1 above is the most likely.
My comments were directed towards #3 above...which I find hard to believe.

Also, there is video that shows the guy lying on the ground bleeding...while LEO look around...and no one aids the guy..is that right?

John retired IA PD @ 4/15/2016 9:18 PM

Why doesn't BLM get all the facts before the protesters commit a criminal act by closing down the expressway? They have a right to protest, but not to close down the expressway. Anyone participating in closing down the expressway should be arrested.

patrick @ 4/22/2016 11:35 PM

Robert:
1) Civil disobedience has traditionally included a risk of arrest.
2) The protesters here and in Seattle choose to disrupt traffic over shootings that on their face seem to be justified (armed suspects engaged in criminal activity at the time they are shot). What is the logic in that?

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