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Angry crowd protests after Chicago police fatally shoot man

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CHICAGO (AP) — An angry crowd shouted and threw bottles at Chicago police after an officer fatally shot a man on the city’s South Side Saturday, prompting the arrest of at least four demonstrators.

Chicago police patrol chief Fred Waller told a news conference that the man was shot in the South Shore neighborhood after police officers on foot tried to question him because “the bulge around his waistband” suggested he was armed. The man became combative and eventually broke free from the officers, Waller said.  

“They thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon, which he did have a weapon on him, and the officers tragically shot him,” he said.

The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Waller said police believe the man did not have a concealed carry permit for the semi-automatic weapon. He also had magazines of ammunition, Waller said.

Immediately after the shooting, an angry crowd gathered and began jostling with police, who had cordoned off the area. Waller said protesters threw bottles and jumped on top of a squad car. Police then moved in wielding batons to stop them.

“It got a little bit out of hand. Several arrests were made,” Waller said.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that four protesters were arrested.

Several police officers were slightly injured in the scuffles, Waller said, and some squad cars were damaged.

After nightfall, protesters continued to mill around the neighborhood with police occasionally chasing them away. Video showed one protester thrown to the ground surrounded by police holding batons.

Chicago has a troubled history of police shootings. The city erupted in protest in 2015 after the release of a video showing white police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. Van Dyke was charged with murder. McDonald’s death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms designed to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.


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4 Responses to Angry crowd protests after Chicago police fatally shoot man

  1. Jolly Roger says:

    Well this guy apparently had a gun (unless they planted it on him), but the cops would have been let off the hook anyway. (a bulge in the waistband is a capitol offense these days)

    But what’s important is this:
    “…..Immediately after the shooting, an angry crowd gathered and began jostling with police….”

    People aren’t wasting time anymore when it comes to retaliation. They’re ready to go before the event, and right after the shooting, before word of it spreads, they’re on top of the cops now.

    This is significant because it means the lid is about to blow off the kettle. (and this could just as easily kick off on the south side of Chicago as anywhere else)

  2. flee says:

    “Man Protests after Chicago Police Shot Angry Crowd”.

    Rough crowd. ..

    Rough crowd…

    No respect.

  3. Peter says:

    It’s South Side Chicago where 15 were shot fatally in gang feuding mayhem just over the 4th of July weekend..

  4. ubeteda says:

    only we’re allowed to use the “n” word.

    only we’re allowed to shoot each other.

    sounds about right.

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