Protesters Call for Mayor Emanuel's Resignation over Shooting of Armed Thug
Hundreds of protesters demanding an investigation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration flooded downtown Chicago streets Wednesday afternoon as part of a citywide walkout just hours after Emanuel publicly apologized for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald and vowed to fix broken Chicago police practices.
The group chanted "Whose city? Our city," "Who's got to go? Rahm's got to go," and "No more killer cops."
Demonstrators gathered at Daley Plaza at noon and started marching on North Dearborn. Police briefly detained two people during the protest as several other activists gathered around the vehicle chanting "Hell no, we won't go." The two demonstrators were later released.
Many protesters were later seen sitting down and kneeling in the roadway at Washington and Clark.
More than 1,800 people have said in a Facebook group they would attend the walkout.
"We will now hold our leaders accountable for the transgressions they commit and that are committed under their watch," the group wrote on Facebook. "Task forces, press releases, symbolic replacements of one crony for another are no longer enough to mollify the masses."