Clashes as brother of man shot by Chicago of­fi­cer is charged

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A pre­dom­i­nantly white neigh­bor­hood on Chicago’s southwest side has been rocked by con­fronta­tions be­tween pro­test­ers and po­lice sup­port­ers for the sec­ond time since the week­end’s fa­tal shoot­ing of a black man by po­lice.

Joshua Beal, 25, of In­di­anapo­lis, was fa­tally shot Satur­day dur­ing a con­fronta­tion over whether a fu­neral car­a­van was block­ing a fire lane.

Tues­day night’s clashes fol­lowed a court hear­ing at which the dead man’s brother, Michael Beal, was or­dered held on charges of felony ag­gra­vated bat­tery to a po­lice of­fi­cer and at­tempt­ing to dis­arm a po­lice of­fi­cer. His bond was set at $500,000, the Chicago Tri­bune re­ported.

Au­thor­i­ties said Michael Beal, 28, tack­led an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer sec­onds af­ter the shoot­ing, put him in a head­lock and threat­ened to kill him. His at­tor­ney, Barry Spec­tor, said his client didn’t know the man was an off-duty of­fi­cer.

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