CHICAGO – Dueling protests broke out Tuesday over the fatal police shooting of an African-American man that occurred in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood Saturday.
Police say 25-year-old Joshua Beal was riding in a car that had just left a funeral service when the vehicle stopped in front of a Chicago fire station near 111th and Troy around 3 p.m. Saturday.
According to police, after an off duty firefighter told the driver they were blocking a fire lane, a fight broke out between Beal, his brother, and the firefighter. An off-duty Chicago police officer and sergeant who were nearby saw what was going on and joined the fracas, and police say, Beal had a gun and would not drop it after repeatedly being told to do so. A picture taken from a witness’ cell phone video appears to show Beal holding a gun and pointing it at officers before he was shot.
There was a large protest in Mount Greenwood in response to the shooting Sunday, where 10-15 Black Lives Matter activists were met by about 300 police supporters. The demonstration was extremely tense at times, with racial slurs shouted at the Black Lives Matter Activists, telling them to go home and get out of the neighborhood.
A Blue Lives Matter protest was organized in the neighborhood again on Tuesday, responding to the presence of activist Jedidiah Brown and others continuing to demonstrate in the area against Beal’s killing. Brown said he feels the Mount Greenwood neighborhood is rampant with white supremacy, and says he wants to be there as the election results are announced.
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