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27 Nov, 2015 17:12

Black Friday protests over Laquan McDonald shooting across US

Black Friday protests over Laquan McDonald shooting across US

Black Lives Matter and minimum wage protests are taking place on Black Friday, the kick-off of the Christmas shopping season. Chicago, Illinois remains the center of the anti-police brutality deaths, while Walmart employees are targeting the retail giant.

While shoppers flock to stores to fight ‒ sometimes literally ‒ for the best offers, a march is planned along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the city’s premier shopping district. The Black Lives Matter demonstration comes three days after the release of a video that shows a police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.

The Chicago protest is reminiscent of 2014’s Black Friday demonstrations, which were centered near St. Louis, Missouri, but spread across the country. Last year, activists turned out at top retail outlets to protest a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, then a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed teen, that August.

For the fourth year running, Walmart employees are protesting on Black Friday, pushing the US retail giant to once again raise its minimum wage. Currently Walmart pays its workers at least $9 an hour, but workers are asking for $15.