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‘Black Friday’ protest of police shooting planned in downtown Chicago

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Chicago cop charged with Laquan McDonald’s murder is in for a ‘brutal’ weekend in jail.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Community activists, elected officials, and many others planned to stage a Black Friday march on the Magnificent Mile, to protest the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.After days of protests in Chicago since the release of a video showing a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer, demonstrators were poised to disrupt Black Friday shopping with a march through the heart of the city’s most famous retail district.

JASON Van Dyke, the white policeman charged with the murder of black Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald, is about to experience his first weekend in jail. Demonstrators scheduled the march on Friday, the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season that packs Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. Laquan McDonald, whose name demonstrators have shouted for two days and will shout again during a planned rally to disrupt the city’s famed Magnificent Mile shopping corridor Friday, lived a troubled, disadvantaged life and had at least one previous brush with the law. It’s likely to be a brutal 48 hours and beyond, not that anyone except lawyer and his family will care; the people of this city have been campaigning for 13 long months for this. School officials and the McDonald family lawyer say there were signs Laquan was trying to get his life in order, though prosecutors say he had drugs in his system and was burglarizing cars on Oct. 20, 2014 — the night a squad-car video captured officer Jason Van Dyke shooting him. “It takes a while to get a life back on track,” said Thomas Gattuso, the principal at the alternative high school that McDonald was attending. “With Laquan, we unfortunately never got to finish his story.” Protesters and civil rights activists are demanding more investigations and police reform after Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder this week.

He was the only officer among five at the scene to fire at McDonald and pulled the trigger just six seconds after getting out of his vehicle, according to the statement of facts. Protesters have called McDonald’s murder an execution, and accused police and prosecutors of a coverup, after the city resisted attempts to make the video public for months, and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez took more than a year to file charges against Van Dyke. Jesse Jackson and others have called for a “massive” march on Black Friday along Michigan Avenue, a swank downtown boulevard that’s normally packed with post-Thanksgiving shoppers.

Bishop Larry Trotter, senior pastor of Sweet Holy Spirit Church, has endorsed Alvarez’s challenger, Kim Foxx, who said Alvarez took too long to charge Van Dyke with murder. In recent days, there has been talk that marchers taking part in the Black Friday protest would engage in acts of civil disobedience, such as blocking store entrances to prevent shoppers from getting inside. McDonald’s family has appealed for calm, and his mother at least initially opposed the public release of the graphic dashcam video showing his death, attorney Michael Robbins said. Lawyer Daniel Herbert says his client is “scared to death about possible outcomes” since receiving the news that he would be remanded in custody at least until Monday when his next bail hearing was scheduled.

That is your job,” Foxx xaid. “Right now, our whole city and our whole criminal justice system is under indictment, because the people who were charged with making sure he was held accountable did it in darkness.” Trotter planned to join several prominent religious leaders in Friday’s march on Michigan Avenue, including Rev. Jessie Davis, of the group Stop Mass Incarceration Network, said there had been calls on social media for people to engage in civil disobedience, and Charlene Carruthers, national director of the activist group Black Youth Project 100, would not rule out acts such actions. By now, inmates at Cook County Jail, where the 37-year-old has been held without bond since Tuesday, will have heard the new details in the McDonald case, as well as those of other incidents including the 20-odd civilian complaints filed against Officer Van Dyke since 2003. Pfleger said he thought the march itself would cost businesses money because the publicity surrounding it would discourage shoppers from even venturing into the area.

Michael Pfleger, and others. “I think that there’s something poetically just about a kid who seemed to be the ultimate throwaway kid now bringing us to this crisis point and moment, when people in high places have to answer for their actions in regard to his tragic killing,” said Rev. McDonald’s mother had been making efforts to regain custody of her son before he was killed and had been granted permission to take a younger sister back into her home, Robbins said. But there were indications that it would be a bigger crowd than the other marches and rallies, which so far have attracted anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred demonstrators. McDonald’s own family received $5 million compensation from the city in April but the matter refused to die; without justice, it was just blood money. Pilgrim Baptist Church. “Somebody may have thought that this child, this young person could be thrown away because he was a ward of the state at the time that he was killed; and so you have a ward of the state killed by an officer of the state, in a public place.

The family knew of the existence of police dash cam video of Laquan’s death and authorities fought aggressively against its release right up until this week when legal action by freelance journalist Brandon Smith finally forced it into the public domain. We need accountability as to what happened.” “When we take to the streets on Friday we will show the city that we intend to disrupt its economic center as we call on people of good will to join us in our fight for justice for Laquan and other victims of questionable and unjust police shootings in our city,” Lewis said in a statement issued Thursday.

The police have allowed protesters to march in the middle of the street and even hold rallies in the middle of intersections, and on Thursday the department said it would handle Friday’s march much the same way. From around age six to 16, he lived with his great-grandmother and then stayed in the same house with an uncle after his great-grandmother died in 2014. The defendant will remain in jail until at least Monday when County Cook Judge Donald Panarese Jr will reconsider his bail application after a private viewing of the video. “The video is graphic, disturbing and difficult to watch, as any video of a man being shot to death would be. The video released on Tuesday shows McDonald jogging down a street and then veering away from Van Dyke and another officer who emerge from a police SUV drawing their guns.

Gattuso said McDonald took the initiative to attend Sullivan House High School, a school for at-risk students and high school dropouts between the ages of 16 and 21.

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