Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter activists break bread in the name of unity

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CHICAGO -- Faith leaders, activists, and Mount Greenwood community leaders met Sunday to try and come together after a controversial police shooting caused protests and conflict in the neighborhood.

It was billed as a pizza bread-breaking of peace between those who live in Mount Greenwood and those who came to protest after Joshua Beal was shot and killed earlier this month by an off-duty police officer. Police say Beal was holding and pointing a gun at the officer when he was shot.

Soon after the shooting, protesters arrived in Mount Greenwood, many representing the Black Lives Matter movement. Those supporting the police who identify as part of a group called Blue Lives Matter had a confrontation with the protesters, and racial slurs were thrown out by some in the crowd.

Blue Lives Matter held their own rally in Mount Greenwood Sunday just before the bread breaking meeting began. Those who helped organize this meeting say it was successful.

Meanwhile, the Beal family held a vigil for the 25-year-old father, continuing to say he was just protecting his sisters when he was shot.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.

While those that were at the vigil did not come to the dinner, more meetings are being planned to bring people in the area together.


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