Black Friday protests over Laquan McDonald shooting across US
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.
28 November 201502:43 GMT
Seattle police outfitted in riot gear and bikes stand in front of the mall doors.
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Protesters chant “Block Black Friday” in front of Seattle’s Westlake Center mall.
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Sit in underway outside Seattle’s mall Westlake Center, police are blocking the entrance to the mall.
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Police are keeping Seattle protesters away from the Christmas tree at Westlake mall.
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The protest in Portland appears to be over. Organizers estimate up to 400 people participated.
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Protests in Chicago have shut down much of the main shopping district for the better part of the day, and are still going on in places.
Some of the protesters demand the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy.
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Seattle police have arrested at least three of the protesters.
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At Seattle's Pacific Place mall, sources report damage to the door of the Macy's store. Protesters have moved back to Westlake mall, where they were blocked by a police line.
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In Chicago, police clashed with protesters blocking the entrance to Tiffany's on Michigan Avenue, which has been closed for a while.
27 November 201523:57 GMT
Seattle police are blocking the Black [Lives Matter] Friday protesters from entering Westlake mall.