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3rd Year Of Black Friday Protests Focuses On Police Abuse And More

For the third year now, activists staged Black Friday protests on Michigan Avenue. And this year, their message was wide-ranging. The protests started in 2015 after the release of the video showing police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting teenager LaQuan McDonald. And the protesters — flanked by cops — were still calling for Van Dyke’s conviction today. 

But their message also focuses on creation of a new Civilian Police Accountability group. And calls by Dorothy Holmes to reopen the case of her son Ronald Johnson who also died in a police shooting. Activists also protested police torture, Palestinian occupation, the government in the Philippines and capitalism. 

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