Chicago clashes after U.S. police kill black man

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 15, 2018

An angry crowd gathered Saturday evening after a Chicago police officer fatally shot a man on the city's South Side, and some protesters scuffled with police.

Chicago police officers on foot said they observed a man "exhibiting characteristics of an armed person", Anthony Guglielmi, the Chicago Police Department's chief communications officer, said in a statement shared on Twitter.

A crowd of about 150 people shouted "murderers", threw objects and jumped on police cars during the confrontation in Chicago's South Side area.

Protesters march after a man was shot by police in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., July 14, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media on July 15, 2018.

Waller said three or four officers suffered minor injuries in the protests when demonstrators threw rocks and glass bottles at them.

"An armed confrontation ensued resulting in an officer discharging his weapon and fatally striking the offender", the statement said, adding that police recovered a gun and two ammunition magazines at the scene.

An argument started and officers hit protesters with batons, and protesters returned punches. "After that, they approached the subject, who became combative and as he became combative, flailing away, he broke free from the officers and they thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon - which he did have a weapon on him - and officers tragically shot this man".

The suspect did not fire his weapon, Waller said.

Chief Waller told reporters that the crowd became combative, throwing bottles and jumping on top of a squad auto.

They said the officer was taken away from the scene in a police vehicle as a crowd of about 100 people formed.

The shooting happened about 5:30 the 2000 block of East 71st Street, according to police and Chicago Fire Department officials.

The protest continued until about 11 p.m. local time Saturday, police said in a tweet announcing that they had cleared the shooting scene.

Officials said three or four officers suffered minor injuries and one patrol auto was damaged, and four protestors were arrested.

Van Dyke was charged with murder.

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