Activists, police hold meeting in Mount Greenwood

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CHICAGO -- Activists and police came together for a neighborhood meeting tonight at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Mount Greenwood.

The commander of the 22nd Police District called the meeting between Mount Greenwood residents, activists and the police to discuss the racial tension the neighborhood has seen since the police involved shooting that happened here a week and a half ago.

25-year-old Joshua Beal of Indianapolis was shot and killed after leaving a funeral procession for his cousin on Saturday November 5th.

Police say an off duty firefighter asked the driver of the car Beal was riding in to move out of an illegal fire lane when a fight broke out near West 111th and Troy.

An off duty Chicago police officer and sergeant were nearby and jumped in to intervene.

A picture, frozen from witness cell phone video, appears to show Beal pointing a gun at officers before he was shot.

Days of protests and counter protests between police supporters and activists followed, which at times became very tense.

Black Lives Matter protestors say they want a thorough investigation of the incident and an end to what they call racism and white supremacy in Mount Greenwood.

The chief administrator of IPRA says tonight's meeting was productive.

WGN’s Dana Rebik has details.


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