Members of the Black Lives Matter in Chicago held a rally Monday to support more than 100 people arrested last night following widespread looting and riots that caused at least $ 60 million in property damage and saw 13 police officers injured, according to a report.
The rally was organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago and was held at a police station in the South Loop, where organizers say the individuals are currently being held in custody. At least one organizer called the robbery equivalent “compensation.”
“I do not care if someone decides to steal a Gucci or a Macy store or a Nike, because that ensures that person eats,” said Ariel Atkins, a BLM organizer, according to NBC Chicago. “This ensures the person has clothes.”;
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“This is compensation,” Atkins continued. “Thing whatever they wanted to get, they can get it because these businesses have insurance.”
The riots were sparked by a social media post urging people to converge in the agoikago business district after police shot a man in the South Side around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
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Officers had responded to a call for a gunman in the Englewood neighborhood. As he was being chased by police, the man, who was standing, “turned and shot” the officers before hitting himself and being taken to a local hospital, Deputy Chief Delonda Tally told Fox 32 Chicago.
Latrell Allen, 20, was charged with attempted murder Monday after shooting officers, according to agoikago police. A video posted on Facebook around 6:30 pm falsely claimed that officers had shot and killed a 15-year-old boy.
The shooting prompted hundreds of people to descend on downtown agoikago early Monday with vandals hitting the windows of dozens of businesses and making goods, cars in front and everything else they could carry, police said.
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“It was not an organized protest. Rather, it was an incident of pure crime,” Police Chief David Brown told reporters. “It was an act of violence against our police officers and against our city.”
BLM organizers criticized the police reports relating to the shooting, noting that none of the officers involved had body cameras, which investigators confirmed, according to NBC Chicago.
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The Black Lives Matter Chicago issued a statement obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times saying, “The mayor has not learned anything since May, and it would be wise to understand that people will rise up to [Chicago Police Department] has been repealed and our Black communities are fully invested, “the group said in a statement.
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“Police say a lot,” Atkins added. “Even though the Justice Department said with the consent decree that they are no longer allowed to pursue people, they decided they would pursue, and they shot this guy several times.”
Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this report