Chicago Black Friday Protest Was A “Day of Defiance”

About 150 people demonstrated on Michigan Avenue against police violence this Black Friday for the third year in a row.

In 2015, the protests attracted hundreds of protesters after a video was released that captured how a Chicago police officer shot 16-year old Laquan McDonald.

McDonald was shot 16 times by officer Jason Van Dyke in October of 2014, only a couple of months after Brown was killed in Ferguson, and Chicagoans have used Black Friday shopping on the Magnificent Mile to protest against the Chicago Police Department since 2015. Both in 2015 and last year, protesters blocked entrances to popular stores and gathered in the popular shopping area to speak out about police crimes.

This year, protesters marched from the Water Tower to Macy’s on Michigan Avenue. Their slogans were aimed at demanding that the criminal system of Cook County be reformed.

This protest contrasted with those of previous years because of the smaller number of demonstrators, but also because of the enormous police deployment.

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