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.