CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, demonstrators disrupted Black Friday shopping on the Mag Mile to call for more accountability for Chicago police.
They demanded a shopping boycott, blocking store entrances up and down the busy street to demand an elected civilian police review board.
City officials have said they plan to create a non-elected citizen oversight board next year.
An engaged crowd listened to speakers Friday morning near the city’s historic Old Water Tower. One speaker criticized Republican President-elect Donald Trump in the same breath as Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Others expressed shock over two fatal shootings by Chicago police that occurred Wednesday night and Friday morning.
Police say there were virtually no violent incidents, but several arrests were reported, Ald. Brian Hopkins, 2nd Ward, said.