CHICAGO — Ahead of the planned protest at the Taste of Chicago, about 200 Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched from the Willis Tower to Daley Plaza.
They chanted and spoke about police brutality and getting guns off the street. There was also a plan to try and “shut down” the Taste of Chicago around 4 p.m. today.
Early on, Chicago police closed some of the entrance gates, trying to slow down the flow of protesters. They were eventually allowed in after bag checks, some had to be patted down.
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The protesters chanted while they marched through the event. At one point they linked arms and then got down on their knees near Buckingham Fountain with their hands up in the air.
Protesters planned this in response to the police involved shootings this week that killed Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
The events of this week hit a nerve for some Chicago residents as the city’s police department remains the target of a Department of Justice investigation. Some of the organizers of the recent protests are the same young people who led demonstrations last year over the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in Chicago.
As expected there was a significant police presence. Police say so far they have no reports of any major problems or arrests.
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