Protesters disrupt Black Friday in Chicago over police conduct
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of protesters disrupted Black Friday shopping in Chicago's Magnificent Mile district demanding an elected civilian police review board.
A determined and peaceful crowd rallied Friday morning near the city's historic Old Water Tower. A similar protest occurred a year ago after the release of a video showing a white police officer shooting black teen Laquan McDonald.
Kofi Ademola (KOH'-fee a-dih-MOH-lah) leads Black Lives Matter Chicago. He bemoaned that a year later investigations are underway into two police shootings of black men in the past three weeks — including one Wednesday.
Speakers criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President-elect Donald Trump in the same breath before marching and chanting down Michigan Avenue.
Activists seek an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council. City officials plan a non-elected citizen oversight board.