The Black Lives Matter protesters have hit the Magnificent Mile area at one of the busiest shopping times of the year. They’ve promised to disrupt Black Friday shopping but they’ve been causing trouble at Millennium Park and other areas on Michigan Ave.
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/protesters-to-target-miracle-mile-on-black-friday/article_9556a7b0-de14-597c-a7dd-7768adbabd3d.htmlDuring the second night of protests over the Laquan McDonald shooting, police made several arrests after some demonstrators tore off lights from the Christmas tree standing in Millennium Park. Video shows a group of protesters just before 10:00 p.m. yanking the lights from the bottom of the tree. Police quickly responded to disperse the crowd. Investigators have not said exactly how many arrests were made. We’re getting a preview of what’s to come on Friday. How does ripping a Christmas Tree apart help your cause or get your message across? I know the cops are told to stand down but there is a point where they need to take action.
Protestors ripping lights off #Chicago holiday tree #LaquanMcDonald pic.twitter.com/w76wG4o7jX — Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethFox32) November 26, 2015
MARCHING UP MAG MILE:
Marching up #MichiganAve #LaquanMcDonald #Chicago pic.twitter.com/pxf14BkNwp — Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethFox32) November 26, 2015
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The protesters held banners showing photos of other black people fatally shot by police in Chicago and elsewhere. Several said they were parents of black men killed by Chicago officers.
“You cannot kill our children and expect us to be quiet any longer,” protester Quovadis Green said. “It is unacceptable.”
Activist Mark Carter called on people to “rise up” and shut down the Magnificent Mile shopping area on Friday. Protesters also planned to target the Board of Trade and other landmarks in the coming days, he said.
Carter and others want the Department of Justice to investigate the Chicago Police Department and its history of covering up bad behavior. Via: Pantagraph