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| December 2, 2015

Chicago-protest-Flickr-photo-by-Edward-BlakeCHICAGO—A multiethnic, multiracial group of protestors stands in front of Saks Of Fifth Avenue in Chicago to demand justice in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. McDonald was shot to death Oct. 20, 2014 by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke claimed he felt in fear for his life during a confrontation when police were trying to stop McDonald, who reportedly was walking down the street acting erratically and carrying a small pocket knife. Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times while other officers on the scene did not fire. After review of a police dashcam video of the incident and the discovery of other evidence, Van Dyke has been charged with first degree murder.

As part of a national concern to stop what many describe as an epidemic of police killings of unarmed non-resisting black men, concerned citizens have mounted protests around the country, but the Chicago protestors, who initially were demanding the public release of the video, have upped the ante by embracing an economic strategy of using masses of protestors to block the entrance of high-dollar retailers on Black Friday—the biggest shopping day of the year. Participants expressed hopes of discouraging shopping and reducing profits at those stores will force the powers-that-be to pressure the government—particularly the judicial system—to address the issue of police killings. While the vast majority of protestors have been black, it is notable that concerns about police killings and protests against them have attracted a cross section of activists.

[Photo: Edward Blake – Flickr cc]

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