Dozens of activists boycott MLK Breakfast after officers acquitted in cover-up trial

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CHICAGO -- Mayor Emanuel and other city leaders, clergy, and community activists attended the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Breakfast on Friday.

But, several African-American church leaders boycotted the event.

Bishop Larry Trotter and 50 other ministers skipped the breakfast, leaving empty tables in the ballroom.

Trotter was supposed to lead the closing prayer. His name was even on the program.

They called the acquittals of three Chicago police officers on Thursday in a conspiracy case an insult to their community. They believe there was a cover up in the Laquan McDonald shooting case.

The Aldermanic Black Caucus also expressed its outrage. Council members say the court failed to stand against systemic racism.

A Cook County judge acquitted retired Detective David March, ex-patrolman Joseph Walsh and Officer Thomas Gaffney of conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.  It was alleged that they conspired to justify the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason VanDyke by falsifying reports and claiming the teen was the aggressor.

Mayor Emanuel did not speak specifically about the three officers` acquittals at the breakfast on Friday.

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