Several hundred protesters are gathered in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district to demand an elected civilian police review board.
An engaged crowd listened to speakers Friday morning near the city’s historic Old Water Tower. One speaker criticized Republican President-elect Donald Trump in the same breath as Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Others expressed shock over two fatal shootings by Chicago police that occurred Wednesday night and Friday morning.
Activists have called for a shopping boycott in Chicago’s downtown on the busiest shopping day of the year. They have pressed for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council since a video was released last year showing a white police officer fatally shooting black teen Laquan McDonald.
City officials have said they plan to create a non-elected citizen oversight board next year.