Black Lives Matter Rallies in Support of Looters Arrested in Chicago
Rally took place at a police station where looters were being held
Black Lives Matter members descended on Chicago to rally against police, who arrested than 100 looters and rioters following recent unrest that caused $60 million worth of damage to property and saw 13 police officers injured.
The rally, which was organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago, took place at a police station in the South Loop were looters being held in custody.
One organizer described the looting tantamount to "reparations."
“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats,” said Ariel Atkins, a BLM organizer, NBC Chicago reported.
“That makes sure that person has clothes.”
“That is reparations,” Atkins continued.
“Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance,” Atkins added.
Meanwhile, social media posts encouraged people to converge on Chicago’s business district after police shot a gunman on the South Side on Sunday.
Officer responded to a call about a gunman in the Englewood neighborhood.
The man “turned and fired shots” at officers while trying to escape before being struck himself and taken to a local hospital, according to Fox 32 Chicago.
On Monday, 20-year-old Latrell Allen was charged with attempted murder Monday after firing on officers, Chicago police said.
But a video posted on Facebook falsely claimed that officers had shot and killed a 15-year-old boy, which sparked unrest.
Following the post, hundreds of people descended on downtown Chicago where vandals smashed the windows of dozens of businesses, making off with merchandise.
“This was not an organized protest. Rather, this was an incident of pure criminality," Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters.
"This was an act of violence against our police officers and against our city.”
BLM organizers blasted police for not having body cameras, according to NBC Chicago.
Black Lives Matter Chicago issued a statement:
“The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the [Chicago Police Department] is abolished, and our Black communities are fully invested in."
“Police say a lot of things,” Atkins added.
“Even though the Department of Justice said with the consent decree, they are no longer allowed to chase people, they decided they were going to chase, and they shot this young man multiple times."
On Monday, Brown warned looters that his officers are coming after them and touted 100 arrests already being made amid the violence and destruction in the city.
During a press conference, Brown noted violence and looting followed an officer-involved shooting in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.
”Following the incident, Brown said a crowd gathered and was “fueled by misinformation as the afternoon turned into evening.”