Instead of shopping on Black Friday, hundreds of people are protesting in front of Chicago’s most popular stores on Michigan Ave. on behalf of police brutality victim, Laquan McDonald.
While this may seem like a major step towards justice for McDonald, theres a innate fear that the cased won’t be handled properly. According to CNN, protestors are livid that the city has sat on this incriminating footage for over a year, specifically 400 days, allegedly in attempt to stage a cover up.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, his Rainbow PUSH Coalition and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush are spearheading the demand for mayor, Rahm Emanuel, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and state’s attorney Anita Alvarez to resign from their positions.
“Who knew about the tape and who covered it up for 13 months?” asked Jackson. “The police leadership has to change as well as its infrastructure,” he said before the march along Miracle Mile which blocked the entrances to stores including Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus and Nordstroms.
The NAACP and Chicago Urban League are also requesting that the Justice Department step in and investigate the McDonald case in the same way Attorney General Loretta Lynch launched an excessive use of force investigation following the death of Freddie Gray.
“The state’s attorney has no credibility,” Jackson said. “This was strategically covered up. As they marched on Michigan Avenue: Rush also added, “Our fight for justice will not stop.”
Stay tuned for the latest developments in the case.
7 Artists Who Boycotted Or Refused Honors & Awards (PHOTOS)
1. 1. Axl Rose recently turned down his induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame citing he didn't respect the organization.Source: 1 of 7
2. 2. Jay-Z boycotted the Grammys not once, but twice. In 1999, Jay boycotted the Grammys citing they snub hip-hop artists and he boycotted them a second time in 2002.Source: 2 of 7
3. 3. Bon Iver wasn't a fan of the Grammys, but still attended the ceremony. The academy asked him to perform but they refused once the Academy told them it had to be a collaboration with another artist.Source: 3 of 7
4. 4. Hip-Hop collective Public Enemy was invited to the 1991 Grammy Awards, but declined the invite citing the Grammys' "Lack Of Respect" for hip-hop artists.Source: 4 of 7
5. 5. Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff refused to attend the 1989 Grammys due to the organization's refusal to air the rap portion on TV. The two went on to win a Grammy that year, making them the first rap act to ever win the award.Source: 5 of 7
6. 6. The band Pearl Jam refused to perform at the 1996 Grammys citing that the award show "doesn't really mean anything" and that they wanted to "relax."Source: 6 of 7
7. 7. In 1991, Sinead O'Connor boycotted the Grammys and refused to accept three awards from the Academy. She was the first artist to ever refuse to accept an actual award.Source: 7 of 7
Jesse Jackson And Chicago Protestors Shut Down Black Friday In Honor Of Laquan McDonald was originally published on hellobeautiful.com