Protesters shut down Chicago shopping district, demand federal probe in McDonald shooting

CHICAGO,  Protesters shut down parts of Chicago’s luxury shopping district Friday and demanded a federal investigation into the police shooting death of teen Laquan McDonald, alleging a wide-ranging coverup that spans a year-long investigation.

A protest similar to the one seen here on Nov. 25 shut down much of Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile shopping district on Black Friday. Demonstrators are calling for a federal investigation in the 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald. The 17-year old, who was armed with a small knife while fleeing police, was shot 16 times by officer Jason Van Dyke on the night of October 20, 2014. The Chicago Police, in response to a judge's order, released the dash cam video on Nov. 24, the same day that Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder and fired from the police force. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo
A protest similar to the one seen here on Nov. 25 shut down much of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile shopping district on Black Friday. Demonstrators are calling for a federal investigation in the 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald. The 17-year old, who was armed with a small knife while fleeing police, was shot 16 times by officer Jason Van Dyke on the night of October 20, 2014. The Chicago Police, in response to a judge’s order, released the dash cam video on Nov. 24, the same day that Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder and fired from the police force. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protesters, led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and other black leaders, halted traffic along Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile on Black Friday, demanding the city’s top leaders resign. Police kept their distance from the protesters and blocked traffic from entering Michigan Avenue.

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014. Dashboard camera video, made public just days ago, shows Van Dyke shooting the teen 16 times in about 15 seconds. Many activists have called the incident a “modern-day lynching.”

Demonstrators chanted “Stop the cover-up!” and “16 shots! 16 shots!” They want significant changes at the Chicago Police Department.

By Amy R. Connolly

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