Thousands of protesters braved rain and chilly temperatures to flood Chicago’s high-end shopping district Friday to demand justice in the wake of the shooting death of 17-year-old
Tuesday, the city released the heartbreaking video of McDonald’s shooting and announced former Chicago PD officer Jason Van Dyke would be charged with first-degree murder. The timing of the announcement angered many who wondered why it took more than a year to charge Van Dyke given video evidence that he shoot the teen 16 times, 14 of which came while McDonald lay on the ground.
Today, thousands of protesters took to Michigan Avenue, one of Chicago’s premier shopping districts, to demand the mayor, police commissioner, and state’s attorney resign.
— The Chicago Reporter (@ChicagoReporter) November 27, 2015
— Roseanne Tellez (@RoseanneTellez) November 27, 2015
Crowd is very large here on Michigan Avenue. Few blocks long. Another group a block ahead pic.twitter.com/HmFGbiuFYZ
— Joe Ward (@JayDubWard) November 27, 2015
— Grace Wong (@GraceWong630) November 27, 2015
— Kelly Hayes (@MsKellyMHayes) November 27, 2015
— WBEZeducation (@WBEZeducation) November 27, 2015
— Lolly Bowean (@lollybowean) November 27, 2015
— Robert Loerzel (@robertloerzel) November 27, 2015
— Douglas Pensack (@dougiepen) November 27, 2015
— Lauren Mialki (@laurenmialki) November 27, 2015
In addition to calling for the resignation of some of Chicago’s top officials, protesters are also requesting the Justice Department step to conduct an independent investigation.