CHICAGO PROTESTS -- Situation Escalating Quickly

Small groups of demonstrators gathered throughout the day Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen 16 times by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue shopping district during the Black Friday shopping bonanza.

About two dozen protesters gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office a day after authorities released the video, footage that President Barack Obama said "deeply disturbed" him.

Activist Mark Carter called on people to "rise up" and shut down the Magnificent Mile shopping area on Friday. Protesters also planned to target the Board of Trade and other landmarks in the coming days, he said. Carter and others want the Department of Justice to investigate the Chicago Police Department and its history of covering up bad behavior. police brutality

The Urban League of Chicago joined in the call for a federal investigation, alleging a pattern of "discriminatory harassment" against black people. Angry protesters hit the streets and taunted police for a second night Wednesday following the release of a dramatic video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally a black teenager in a hail of 16 bullets.

The mood in some neighborhoods was tense. An internal Chicago Police Department safety alert distributed to police officers warned that members may be looking to carry out an ambush against cops in retaliation for the Laquan McDonald. , was issued following the release of a chilling police video Tuesday night that shows Officer Jason Van Dyke 17-year-old McDonald 16 times. Prosecutors charged Van Dyke
A small crowd of protesters gathered on the State Street shopping corridor early Wednesday evening, shouting "justice for Laquan" and "16 shots," as shoppers and office workers hurrying for trains and buses looked on. The protesters marched along Michigan Avenue and the noted Magnificent Mile high society shopping district, chanting as they passed upscale stores such as Cartier, Apple, and Nike.

One protester, Lamon Reccord, 16, repeatedly approached police, putting his face within inches of the men. He then dared them to 16 times." Happening Now: NYPD Threatening To Arrest Protesters For Blocking Sidewalks Chicago police shutdown entrance to I-90 over If You Live Anywhere Near Chicago, Brace Yourself For Massive Rioting
Even at the best of times, Chicago seems to be dealing with turmoil This is a city that is always living on the edge of chaos, Already, there are tremendous expressions of outrage and frustration pouring in on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. And even the governor of Illinois seems quite alarmed declined to say whether he has deployed any additional state troopers or put the National Guard on standby.

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