With similar tensions as Baltimore, could riots happen in Chicago?

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CHICAGO -- The issues sparking riots on the East Coast are not unique to Baltimore. Incidents in the Chicago area like the LaQuan McDonald case, the young man shot 16 times, and the acquittal of the Chicago police detective who shot and killed Rekia Boyd have similar tensions running high in the community.

The fear is another incident could spark the kind of violence we're seeing in Baltimore.

The city's top cop Gary McCarthy says he's ready to meet with neighborhood leaders as part of a major outreach effort planned long before riots broke out in Baltimore.  The goal in Chicago is to build trust and strengthen ties before despair turns to violence.

"Police make mistakes.  We make mistakes frequently,” McCarthy said. “We need frank discussion about what's going on."

Pastor Corey Brooks fears Chicago is a powder keg capable of igniting if conditions don't improve.  And he sees frustration building among disillusioned youth.

The organization the Black Youth Project 100 helped organize a solidarity march tonight to CPD headquarters.

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  • Will

    If this were to ever happen in Chicago, I would hope that our Republican Governor would act quickly and issue a state of emergency so the troops can move in and take control of the south and west sides – something that has needed to happen for quite some time. Pretty much the tourists in the Loop and the Northside taxpayers are the only things keeping this city from falling apart. I don’t think even Rahm would let this stuff threaten that.