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USA: Anti-police brutality protesters call for Chicago mayor's resignation01:51

USA: Anti-police brutality protesters call for Chicago mayor's resignation

United States, Chicago
December 13, 2015 at 21:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of activists gathered at the Federal Plaza in Chicago for a Peace and Unity rally to protest against police brutality and to demand the resignation of Rahm Emanuel, the city's mayor, Saturday.

The protest was organised by the Chicago brand of Anonymous. Dozens of police officers were deployed to prevent the crowd from blocking the traffic as the protesters marched downtown.

The rally was part of a series of protests that erupted after Emanuel addressed the City Council on Wednesday, apologising for the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. McDonald was killed in October 2014 after being shot 16 times by white police officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for killing the teenager and is currently being held without bond.

Earlier in December Emanuel announced the resignations of the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, Gary McCarthy, and the head of the Independent Police Review Authority, Scott Ando, but protesters are demanding that the mayor also steps down from office.

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Dozens of activists gathered at the Federal Plaza in Chicago for a Peace and Unity rally to protest against police brutality and to demand the resignation of Rahm Emanuel, the city's mayor, Saturday.

The protest was organised by the Chicago brand of Anonymous. Dozens of police officers were deployed to prevent the crowd from blocking the traffic as the protesters marched downtown.

The rally was part of a series of protests that erupted after Emanuel addressed the City Council on Wednesday, apologising for the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. McDonald was killed in October 2014 after being shot 16 times by white police officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for killing the teenager and is currently being held without bond.

Earlier in December Emanuel announced the resignations of the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, Gary McCarthy, and the head of the Independent Police Review Authority, Scott Ando, but protesters are demanding that the mayor also steps down from office.

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