(CBS) — Hundreds of Chicagoans protested outside Chicago Police Headquarters and in the streets of Chicago Tuesday night in support for Freddie Gray, who died after suffering injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police.
At 6 p.m., several hundred people were at 35th and Michigan to listen several speakers ahead of a march. Two of the speakers were mothers who lost sons in incidents involving Chicago police.
“So all young men … if you out here… don’t run, just stop, because they’re going to kill your a**,” said Panzy Edwards, whose son Dakota Bright was killed in 2012.
“It’s going on in Chicago, but we ain’t tearing up, because at the end of the day we still have to live here,” said Dorothy Holmes, whose son Ronald Johnson was killed last October.
About two hours later, WBBM’s Cisco Cotto reports protesters began to move away from CPD Headquarters down 35th Street and headed toward King Drive and then started down Cottage Grove.
Late Tuesday evening, protesters formed a circle at 55th and Cottage Grove, blocking the intersection and CTA buses. Protesters then continued to move south on Cottage Grove. The protest remained peaceful.
Around 10:30 p.m., the protesters started to disperse.
The protest was focused on ending police brutality and some of the demonstrators say their solidarity with Baltimore does not extend to the violent actions yesterday.
“I was disappointed because that took the focus away from justice,” said 17-year-old Mia Thompson. “Now, you’re giving the police more reason to be on defense from us.”
“That is why it is important for the older people to come out so that we can give guidance and direction to our young people as we support them,” said Rosita Chatonda.
Chatonda, a veteran protester, remembers that after riots in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, her father’s business was burned to the ground.