PEACEFUL AGGRESSION: BLACK FRIDAY PROTEST ON MICHIGAN AVE
At 11AM on the morning of Black Friday 2015, community activists and supporters of multiple ethnics gathered to protest the out-of-control cycle of police brutality, and judicial negligence.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protesters gathered at the 400 North Block of Michigan Avenue in Chicago, not only in grief of the apparent assassination of teenager, Laquan McDonald, but also in an attempt to raise awarness that “While You Shop, People Get Shot.” Protesters also chanted other phrases in unity at high volumes.
Protesters, led by Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., U.S Rep. Bobby Rush, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, and other African American Leaders, poured into the “Magnificent Mile’s” Luxurious, Gold Coast Corridor to lock arms outside of major retail stores such as Nike, Sachs Fifth Avenue, Burberry, and Express, prohibiting shoppers to enter.
As protesters stood grounded and rooted in their purpose some consumers attempted aggressive entry by force occasionally. Protesters eventually calmed aggressive unhappy shoppers who couldn’t enter and continued to lock arms and complete their mission while chanting “Sixteen Shots, No One Shops!”
Officers were present onsite in promotion of crowd control and safety, however officers kept a very good distance away from protesters as not to interfere at all with the natural flow of the protest. Another goal of this organized gathering was to declare that Mayor Rauhm Emmanuel, CPD Commissioner Alvarez, and the Prosecutor must step down.
To some, the protest may have seem scattered or unorganized at times, however we assure you that this was a very effective peaceful-protest. In footage, we can witness native consumers being educated about current, local, political corruptions and affairs taking place in their own city.
You can also witness easily the power of fed-up peaceful protesters. The disruption of Black Friday shopping on Michigan Ave. in Chicago was very successful. It was a bold move and quick response to the release of young McDonal’s execution video.