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Thousands protest in Chicago against police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

By staff |
July 12, 2016
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Standing up to police terror in Chicago
Standing up to police terror in Chicago (Photo by Monique)

Chicago, IL - 2000 to 3000 protesters, mostly high school students, marched through the streets of Chicago, July 11, to protest the recent police murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. What started as a sit-in of youth joined together with a rally held by Black Lives Matter Chicago, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and Trinity United Church of Christ.

The call for the rally at Federal Plaza demanded that President Obama order the arrest and federal prosecution of the police criminals. During the rally, news radio announced that thousands were protesting in downtown Chicago against police shootings and to demand an elected, civilian police accountability council.

Frank Chapman of the Alliance, said, “Today the Department of Justice is the Department of Injustice. The Governors of Louisiana and Minnesota have asked the DOJ to step in and they've done nothing. We demand Justice! We demand that they arrest and prosecute these killer cops. We demand community control of the police.”