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Black Friday protest planned along Michigan Avenue

(CHICAGO) For the second consecutive year, protesters are planning a Black Friday boycott along the Magnificent Mile, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

The protest is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Friday at the Water Tower monument at Chicago and Michigan avenues, according to organizers.

As of Tuesday evening, more than 400 people have said they will attend the protest, which will denounce the city’s implementation of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, COPA, instead of a version preferred by protestors. That alternative watchdog, dubbed the Civilian Police Accountability Council, would be made up of members elected by the public.

“In passing COPA, the City Council and the Mayor have completely ignored the democratic demands of the people of Chicago for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council,” the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression wrote on its Facebook.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition organized the protest last year in the wake of the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video. Hundreds of protesters marched along North Michigan Avenue, with some preventing shoppers from entering stores. Four people were arrested.

— Chicago Sun-Times

Emanuel apologizes for LaQuan McDonald shooting

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By John Dempsey, WLS News

(CHICAGO) Mayor Emanuel delivered an emotional, 30 minute speech today before the Chicago City Council, apologizing for the police shooting of 17 year old LaQuan McDonald, who was shot to death by a Chicago Police officer over a year ago, and vowing to reform a police department he says too often has escaped accountability for police misconduct.

Emanuel told the aldermen “I am the Mayor.   I own it.  I take responsibility for what happened because it happened on my watch.  And if we’re going to fix it, I want you to understand it’s my responsibility with you.  But if we’re also going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step, and I’m sorry”

The Mayor also said he was wrong to wait over a year to release the dash cam video of the shooting, saying that “holding on to the video, undermined public trust”.

Emanuel says there has been what he called a “thin blue line” in the police department and a “code of silence, a tendency to ignore, deny, and cover up the bad actions of a colleague or colleagues”.

Emanuel has been engulfed in a media firestorm since he released the video two weeks ago that showed white officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 shots into the black teenager’s body.  Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder.

Emanuel also said that the reforms must go beyond the police department and that Chicago needs to “reset our values.”

You can read Mayor Emanuel’s entire speech here

This past week the U.S. Justice Department announced it was conducting a wide-ranging civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department, something Emanuel says he welcomes.


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