CHICAGO (AP) — Protesters who obstructed Black Friday shoppers on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue last year are planning to do it again this year.
The groups participating in the protest Thursday want to call attention to what they say is the city’s inaction to the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression organizer Frank Chapman says the Chicago Teachers Union and Black Lives Matter are among the groups that will be protesting. Chapman says the groups want the city to have a civilian police accountability council.
Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder in McDonald’s shooting. He’s pleaded not guilty.
Crain’s Chicago Business reports that some stores reported a 50 percent loss of sales on Black Friday because of the protests last year.
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