Latest on Chicago Protest

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

Hundreds of protesters are blocking entrances to stores in Chicago’s high-end shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the police shooting of a black teenager.

Some of the demonstrators linked arms to form human chains in front of main entrances to stores on both sides of Michigan Avenue for more than three blocks.

Store employees were directing shoppers to exit from side doors. When one person tried to get through the front door of Saks Fifth Avenue, protesters screamed at him, shouting, “Shut it down! Shut it down.”

Entrances were also blocked at the Disney Store, the Apple Store, Nike, Tiffany & Co., and Neiman Marcus.

Many shoppers seemed to take the disturbance in stride. Some even snapped photos of the crowd.

The release of a video this week showing the fatal shooting in 2014 of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has set off days of largely peaceful protests.


12:30 p.m.

Not all of the groups taking part in the Black Friday protest in Chicago’s ritziest shopping district are taking the same approach.

The largest is a peaceful group led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who is leading a prayer from the steps of Chicago’s historic Water Tower. The group paused for a moment of silence to remember 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer last year.

A smaller group, One Chicago, is calling on demonstrators to shut down businesses to protest the city’s handling of the investigation. Mark Carter, a One Chicago organizer, is exhorting the crowd to, “Stop watching the show. Shut this down! Shut this down!”

Others are yelling at the police officers lining the route. The officers are not responding.


11:45 a.m.

Hundreds of activists chanting “16 shots! 16 shots!” are stopping traffic as a march begins in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district.

The demonstration Friday to protest a fatal shooting by police last year has so far been peaceful. A visitor from Fort Dodge, Iowa, 35-year-old Monica Rentz, was taking photos to send to friends as she stood outside her hotel on Michigan Avenue. Rentz says she is in the city for a wedding.

She says she shopped at the Disney Store before the march began and that the protesters don’t bother her. She says it is interesting because she has never seen anything like this in Iowa.

The march is the latest demonstration in the city since Tuesday, when officials released a video that shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times and prosecutors charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder.


11 a.m.

A protest march has begun in Chicago’s shopping district, with the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the middle of a crowd that’s shouting, “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!”

Several hundred demonstrators have gathered in the drizzling rain, many with umbrellas and plastic-wrapped signs.

Among them is 73-year-old Frank Chapman of Chicago, who says a video released Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke confirms what activists have said for years about Chicago police brutality.

He says his organization, the Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Oppression, is pushing for an elected, civilian police accountability council.

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