*Black Friday in Chicago’s busy commercial district has been foiled by thousands of demonstrators protesting the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, for which a white police officer was charged this week with first-degree murder.
Protesters clogged the streets of Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile,” where police and private security guards stood outside of posh outlets like Tiffany and Co. and the Apple Store, locking arms to keep shoppers from entering.
Demonstrators wove their way between cars and buses halted on Michigan Avenue until police closed the street to vehicles to make room for the demonstrators.
One group of activists marched with red, green and black flags chanting “You can’t see it and hide no more” while Rev. Jesse Jackson led a separate group in a more solemn march.
Prosecutors and city officials have been accused of trying to block the release of footage showing officer Jason van Dyke firing 16 bullets at McDonald.
Several protesters held signs demanding the resignation of Chicago’s embattled police chief and chanted “16 shots 13 months” to voice anger that it took so long to charge Van Dyke.