At a rally on Monday, Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in Chicago to support the more than 100 individuals arrested Sunday night.
The arrests followed widespread looting and rioting, resulting in $60 million in property damage and injuries sustained by 13 police officers, according to NBC Chicago.
The rally was reportedly organized by the Chicago chaper of Black Lives Matter and took place at a police station in the South Loop where looters are believed to be held in custody.
“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats,” said organizer Ariel Atkins, at the protest. “That makes sure that person has clothes.”
“That is reparations,” Atkins went on. “Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”
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According to Fox News, the rioting was prompted by a social media post urging people to converge on Chicago’s business district after police shot a man on the South Side on Sunday afternoon.
Officers had responded to a call about a man with a gun in the Englewood neighborhood. While being pursued by police, the man, who was on foot, “turned and fired shots” at officers before being struck himself and taken to a local hospital, Deputy Chief Delonda Tally told Fox 32 Chicago.
Latrell Allen, 20, was charged with attempted murder Monday after firing on officers, according to Chicago police. A video posted on Facebook around 6:30 p.m. falsely claimed that officers had shot and killed a 15-year-old boy.
The shooting prompted hundreds of people to descend on downtown Chicago early Monday with vandals smashing the windows of dozens of businesses and making off with merchandise, cash machines and anything else they could carry, police said.
BLM organizers criticized police reports surrounding the shooting and reported that none of the officers involved had body cameras, a fact confirmed by investigators.
“[Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot] clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the [Chicago Police Department] is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in,” BLM Chicago declared in a statement obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
“This was not an organized protest. Rather, this was an incident of pure criminality,” Police Superintendent David Brown said of the rioting on Sunday night. “This was an act of violence against our police officers and against our city.”
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