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Chicago police shoot and kill Joshua Beal leading to clash between BLM activists and pro-police protesters

  • Joshua Beal, 25, was in Chicago on Saturday for a funeral for his young cousin who died recently due to gun violence. 
  • Beal was driving in the funeral procession of vehicles when he, a firefighter and 2 plainclothes police officers got into a traffic dispute. 
  • A firefighter’s insistence that funeral vehicles were blocking an emergency fire lane and causing delays sparked an initial argument
  • Ultimately, one of the police sergeant fatally shot Beal
  • Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Beal had a gun and refused to drop it.
  • Beal’s family said that, not only did he legally own the gun, he did not fire at the officer or firefighter. 
  • She said the dispute was sparked by plainclothes police officers who cut off her daughter’s vehicle from the procession and pointed a gun at her daughter, without identifying themselves as officers.

Hours later local Black Lives Matter activists came out to support Beals’s family. Pro-police protesters in the area responded by threatening Beal’s family and activists with violence. Video and witness accounts reveal things got really ugly and racist.

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Chicago Police Department engaged in rampant abuses, DOJ says

  • Officers in the Chicago Police Department routinely used excessive and deadly force that violated subjects’ constitutional rights, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released Friday.
  • The investigation found that officers engaged in a pattern or practice of abuses that federal officials attributed to “deficiencies” in how the CPD trains, investigates and punishes officers on the use of force.
  • Racist conduct is also prevalent among some CPD officers — behavior that was tolerated because of the deficiencies in the CPD’s systems of training, supervision and accountability, the DOJ said in a statement.
  • The report details alleged racial slurs that officers used against city residents. Read more

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Listen, I kind of ran from Intelligence. I’ll admit I wasn’t ready to work side by side with you. It was stupid. It’s like my family up there. I’d really like to come back. Okay. Is that okay with you? Yes. You sure? Yes. Okay, cause that was kind of quick.

ربما ينتظرني مساء فيه سأرتاح في سكينة، في مدينةٍ ما قديمة، وأموت في سعادة غامرة، طالما أني صبور .
—  آرثر رامبو