CHICAGO -- A small group of protesters gathered outside of Mayor Rahm Emaneul’s home on the North Side hours after Officer Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty to the murder of Laquan McDonald.
The demonstrators say Mayor Emanuel covered up that murder.
The protest also comes after Chicago Police shot and killed two people over the weekend when officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. 19-year-old Quintonio Legrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones were fatally shot. Legrier was reportedly suffering from mental health issues. Police say he had a baseball bat. The family of Jones says she answered the door to let police in and was shot by accident.
The shootings prompted Emanuel to cut short his family vacation to Cuba. He also called the Jones family to offer his condolences.
In response to the shooting the mayor ordered a review of his officers respond to mental health-related calls.
This comes on the heels of the Justice Department opening an investigation into Chicago Police practices following the McDonald dash cam video release.
The demonstrators say they will continue to come to the mayor's house and they will shut down Chicago's financial district on Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. They also say they are going to step up the pressure on Democrats so that they call on Rahm Emanuel to resign.