Black Lives Matter protesters face Blue Lives Matter supporters after police-involved shooting death

CHICAGO (FOX 32 Chicago) - A deadly police-involved shooting led to a tense standoff in the streets of Chicago's Mount Greenwood neighborhood on Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon, a Chicago police officer on his way to work shot and killed a man in what the police superintendent describes as a "road rage" situation. The man, Josh Beal, 25, of Indianapolis, had been with relatives at a funeral. Police said he had gotten into an argument with an off-duty Chicago firefighter over whether a car was parked illegally in front of a firehouse.

Chicago police said that Beal pulled out a gun and that the officer fired back in self-defense. Video obtained by FOX 32 Chicago seems to show Beal standing with a gun pointed. Chicago Police told FOX that they have seen this video, and while it appears to show Beal, they are still analyzing whether it is authentic.

Beal's family said he was a family man and a businessman who was licensed to carry a gun in Indiana.

The shooting inspired passionate feelings from protesters who gathered on Sunday at the corner of 111th and Troy. Black Lives Matter protesters were demanding that police release Beal's brother, who was arrested last night near the shooting scene. Those protesters were outnumbered by a pro-police group called Blue Lives Matter.

Beal's family said it's appalling that Beal was in town for his cousin's funeral and ended up getting killed. They claim that an off-duty Chicago police officer cut off one of the vehicles in the funeral procession.
 
"We were just here to bury my cousin who was just killed by the same gun violence. The people that are supposed to serve and protect us took my brother," said Beal's sister, Cordney Boxley.
 
 Blue Lives Matter supporters said police have the right to defend themselves.

"I wanted to support our police department," said Kathleen Bailey. "They work so hard to protect the city."

William Waters said the Black Lives Matter protesters are focusing their energy in the wrong direction.

This is a free country. They do have the right to speak," Waters said. "But I think their focus should be more on especially the African-American community where there's about six to seven shootings per weekend."

The Black Lives Matter protesters want truth and justice.

"Did this officer present his badge? Did this officer say that he was a police officer? Why was he even arguing with [Beal] in the first place?" asked Ja'Mal Green. "Let's get these facts and then move forward from there."
 

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