Chicago Protesters Take to Streets to Condemn Police Shooting

28 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Black Friday protest of police shooting shuts main Chicago street.

Hundreds of protesters are blocking entrances to stores in Chicago’s high-end shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the police shooting of a black teenager. 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. Jesse Jackson and others affiliated with the group Black Lives Matter—want to know why 13 months passed before the officer was charged when authorities had access to a graphic video showing the teen being shot 16 times. “We want a new police chief and infrastructure, a new states attorney,” Rev.

Protesters also called for the resignation of the police superintendent and a top prosecutor for what they see as foot-dragging and stonewalling in the case. Shortly before the rally, Chicago police said they had arrested and charged one man with the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee and that at least two others were also involved. The shooting was a separate incident this month that garnered much attention because police said the boy appeared to have been killed in an act of retribution against his gang-member father. The downtown Chicago demonstration comes three days after police, acting under a court order, released footage from a dashboard-mounted video camera that captured the Oct. 20, 2014 shooting death of McDonald. Emergence of the tape had already sparked two nights of mostly peaceful and relatively small-scale demonstrations in the city, during which nine arrests were reported by police.

Protesters, flanked by police on bicycles, marched onto the Magnificent Mile proper, where hundreds of stores, including Bloomingdale’s, Disney, DIS -2.98 % Gap and a giant Apple store, line the streets. But city officials have given no detailed explanation for why the footage came without any discernible audio that is supposed to be recorded with the video. “And if people peel away the onion on what’s happening right now in the policing world, you’re going to find a police department that’s doing an exceptional job,” he said.

In a statement on Thursday endorsing the planned Unity March & Rally in Memory of Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Teachers Union called for Cook County’s chief prosecutor, Anita Alvarez, to step down as well. Sherman Gordon, 36, from Chicago’s West side, said he is there, along with the hundreds of other protesters because they want to see Chicago’s top leaders resign over what they call a massive coverup for over a year following Mr. McDonald’s MCD 0.63 % shooting. “We are deterring shoppers, but so are the cops by blocking people from going in or out of the stores and the mall. Her other college-aged friends gathered across the street at the Trump Tower to avoid the media frenzy and plan to march down Michigan Avenue and meet up with the rest of the protesters.

He says his organization, the Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Oppression, is pushing for an elected, civilian police accountability council. An association representing hundreds of high-end retailers, hotels and restaurants in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile district says it’s confident authorities will maintain order for thousands of Black Friday shoppers as groups protest a 2014 police shooting. She added, “We will definitely be sticking away from Michigan Avenue now,” and instead intend to head to the Navy Pier, a shopping and amusement center.

So far this year, 15 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty shootings, more than any other year in the past decade, according to research by Philip Stinson, an associate professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University. Alvarez said Tuesday that “while it would seem to some that the 12 months of investigation with our federal partners has taken too long, the investigation of police shootings and misconduct are highly complex matters that carry with them very unique legal issues.” Mr.

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