‘Murderers!’ Violent protests erupt after Chicago police shoot armed man

Jul 16, 2018, 00:42
‘Murderers!’ Violent protests erupt after Chicago police shoot armed man

Protesters chanted and threw rocks at Chicago police Saturday night after an officer shot and killed a man in the city's South Side hours earlier, authorities said. Police accounts differ slightly by the media report, but officers say they encountered the man on foot, confronted him, and when he became combative and reached for a weapon in his trousers they opened fire, per CNN.

Tension boiled over about 7:30 p.m.as police tried to push protesters back from the scene, with officers hitting at least six people with batons and some protesters punching back. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms created to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.

Four protesters were arrested and some police officers suffered minor injuries from thrown rock and bottles, some of which were filled with urine.

Chicago has been blighted by gun crime in recent times. A weapon was recovered at the scene, he said.

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For hours after the shooting, people remained on the street and yelled at police.

The father to a five-year-old, Augustus, also known as Snoop the Barber, worked in a barbershop near where he was shot.

"We find no documentation supporting him being [a] concealed carry [permit holder]", Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. National protests against police brutality and Black Lives Matter turned its attention toward the city in 2015 after graphic footage of a police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was released.

"We're pissed off; we're exhausted", community activist William Calloway said on Sunday the day after the shooting and standoff with officers.

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A string of police killings of black men, some unarmed, has caused outrage and led to protests in cities across the US. Central time, protesters took to the streets and began shouting "murderers" and obscenities at officers.

During the protest that followed the shooting, officers pulled people to the ground and struck them with batons. The Chicago Sun-Times said a few protesters were taken away by police.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the video, according to Fox 32 Chicago.

Police interact with a crowd at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Chicago on Saturday.

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This article has been updated with a Chicago activist group and local newspaper identifying the victim.

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