Updated 11/27/15 – 2:57 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Activists shut down part of Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, and planned to march to Water Tower Place, to protest the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.READ MORE: University Of Chicago Police Officer Who Shot Man In Hyde Park Shootout Also Shot Student In 2018
Hundreds of protesters gathered at Pioneer Court, at Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River, late Friday morning,
Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder in McDonald’s death on Oct. 20, 2014. Hours after Van Dyke was charged, city officials released dashboard camera video of Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times in the span of about 15 seconds on the Southwest Side.
Many activists have called what happened to McDonald a “modern-day lynching.”
Protesters chanted “16 shots, 13 months!” as they marched up Michigan Avenue, referring to the number of times McDonald was shot, and the amount of time it took to file charges against Van Dyke.
The protesters blocked the entrances to several stores by linking arms in front of the doors. Several businesses locked doors to keep protesters out, including Water Tower Place.
Marchers tried to get inside the shopping center, but were kept out by police who held them back, and by locked doors when they were able to slip past police. Protesters also blocked entrances to the Apple store, H&M, Columbia, and several other stores.
The march along the Magnificent Mile comes after two nights of protests downtown after the video of McDonald’s death was made public.