Saint Sabina Church Rev. Micheal Pfleger led a group of protesters gathered on the South Side to demand justice after a Kentucky grand jury indicted a former police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments, but no charges against any officers for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
Organizers used red blood-like paint to spell out Taylor’s name in the street with plans to shut down the intersection of 79th Street and Racine Avenue.
“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 group also had a list of demands:
- Change federal and state laws that they feel overprotects 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
"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.”
Organizers said what happened Wednesday was a slap in the face.
The announcement by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to indict only one of the three officers involved, former Det. Brett Hankison, on first-degree wanton endangerment charges, caused the nationwide protest.
Protestors took to downtown Chicago, 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 (September 23) protests. Charges are pending.
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