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.