CHICAGO — A group lead by St. Sabina’s the Rev. Micheal Pfleger gathered on the city’s South Side Wednesday evening to demand justice after a Kentucky grand jury indicted a former police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments, but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death.
The group plan was to shut down the intersection of 79th Street and Racine Avenue.
Organizers used red blood-like paint to spell out Taylor’s name in the street.
The group had a list of demands including the following:
- Change federal and state laws that they feel over protects police.
- Hold law enforcement and systems accountable that are embedded with what they feel is systemic racism.
- They want someone to be held accountable for what they believe is the murder of Taylor
Organizers said what happened Wednesday was a disgrace.
“It reminds us, No. 1: The broken justice system we have in this country why no one respects it. Why no one believes it. Why nobody trusts it,” Pfleger said, “Message also sent down today is black and brown lives don’t matter in this county. That you have no rights even in your own home.”
The city prepared to have another night of unrest, however that was not the case. Protests around the city Wednesday were peaceful.
Protestors took to downtown, peacefully marching through the Loop and near Millennium Park, as well as on the Magnificent Mile.
About 100 protesters surrounded Chicago Police Department headquarters and were greeted by officers and parked city trucks blocking them from the building.
Police say there was one arrest during Wednesday’s protests. Charges are pending.
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