Activists call on shoppers to boycott Black Friday in Chicago to raise awareness for those killed by police and call for more police accountability. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Several dozen protesters with the group Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression marched outside major retailers this Black Friday (November 25) urging shoppers to boycott the American tradition to raise awareness for police brutality. The activist group posted on its Facebook page: "Since the Laquan McDonald video was revealed and the Black Friday protest last November, approximately 20 more people have been shot by the police (up 20%) with 460 people shot at and assaulted with other weapons by police (up 25%), and 3,500 more misconduct complaints filed (up 10%). Zero officers have been fired, the system of fake police accountability continues." The Chicago protest comes after several years of contentious killings of black men by law enforcement officers, including that of Michael Brown, a teenager whose death in the summer of 2014 caused riots and weeks of protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. In 2016, protests against the shootings of two black men by police officers shut down main arteries in a number of U.S. cities in widespread protests after the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, 37, by police in Baton Rouge and the death of Philando Castile, 32, in a St. Paul, Minnesota suburb.