(CHICAGO) — Hundreds of protesters indignant at police brutality in Chicago took to the city’s popular “Magnificent Mile” shopping district on Black Friday, mere days after the release of dash cam video showing a police officer firing 16 shots at Laquan McDonald.
Chanting “Stop the cover up, 16 shots” and “Black power,” demonstrators marched through rain and mist along Michigan Avenue, shutting down the avenue’s northbound lanes and partially blocking the southbound lane as shoppers stood in the sidewalks.
Friday’s protest is one of many that occurred in the city this week after police released two different videos of the Oct. 20, 2014 shooting following a court order. Some protesters are calling for the resignation of CPD Commissioner Garry McCarthy.
Religious, youth and union leaders are expected to be part of the event. Organizers from different groups called protesters to gather at three different locations between Pioneer Court and Water Tower along “Magnificent Mile,” ABC News station WLS in Chicago reported.
Laquan McDonald died in a hospital after Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke allegedly shot him 16 times last year. Van Dyke, who had been on administrative duty since the shooting last October, was charged with murder on Tuesday. The officer, a 14-year veteran of the police department, had a history of civilian complaints of misconduct, according to data obtained by the Chicago-based watchdog group the Invisible Institute.
Van Dyke’s attorney has said the officer feared for his life when he fired at McDonald and that the case should be tried in the courtroom, not in social media or on city streets. Van Dyke’s next court appearance is on Nov. 30.
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