Protesters call for mayor’s resignation, change in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Protestors marched in downtown Chicago, demanding the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and calling for change in Chicago

The group marched down one of Chicago's most well-known business districts and blocking traffic hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for the 2014 death of a black teenager killed by a white officer.

Protesters walked down the Magnificent Mile, stopping at intersections and disrupting motorists.

Several similar protests have taken place since Chicago officials released squad car video Nov. 24 that showed the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, has been charged with first-degree murder.

The protests have largely been peaceful, with demonstrators calling for Emanuel and the county's top prosecutor to resign.

The video also led to the forced resignation of the city's police chief and multiple investigations, including a pending civil rights inquiry by the U.S. Justice Department.

Below is WGN News's recap of the afternoon's events.

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A predominantly peaceful group of protesters has blocked Michigan Avenue hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speech to the City Council on the Chicago Police Department.

There was a small bit of pushing and shoving with officers on Wednesday afternoon as the protesters tried to get to one of downtown’s main streets, but eventually police let them through. The protesters then formed a circle in the middle of the road, blocking traffic.

Protesters also appeared to be headed for a bridge near the Magnificent Mile, which was the site of a Black Friday protest.
-Associated Press

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A group of protesters is marching down one of Chicago’s most well-known business districts and blocking traffic hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for the 2014 death of a black teenager killed by a white officer.
Protesters walked down the Magnificent Mile, stopping at intersections and disrupting motorists. Several similar protests have taken place since 
The protests have largely been peaceful, with demonstrators calling for Emanuel and the county’s top prosecutor to resign.

-Associated Press

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