Smaller Police-Brutality Protest Takes To Chicago’s Streets

(CBS/AP) — Chicago protesters—albeit fewer of them, compared to earlier this week—took to the streets Friday to demonstrate against a New York grand jury clearing a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man.

Marchers, decrying police brutality in general, chanted: “This is what democracy looks like.”

They gathered Friday afternoon at a downtown intersection before meandering through the area. They headed to Federal Plaza and stopped near Chicago Public Schools headquarters before holding a brief rally at the city’s official Christmas tree at Daley Plaza. Chicago police monitored the marchers.

Demonstrations continue across the country in the wake of the refusal of an East Coast grand jury to indict an officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. They’re also protesting the failure to indict a police officer in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Friday’s was a smaller demonstration than one that occurred Thursday evening, when hundreds of protesters blocked Lake Shore Drive. At other times, members of the group staged “die-ins” by laying down in intersections.

At least two protesters were observed being taken into police custody, CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports.

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