Ac­tivists protest po­lice killings

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at the teenager and he con­tin­ued to shoot af­ter the teen fell to the pave­ment.

Civil rights groups in Chicago and across the coun­try urged the Jus­tice Depart­ment to in­ves­ti­gate and, on Dec. 1, Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent.

The DOJ, at the time, had agents in Min­neapo­lis, where white su­prem­a­cists shot and in­jured at least five peo­ple protest­ing the fa­tal shoot­ing of Clark, a black man killed in a con­fronta­tion with po­lice Nov. 15. Po­lice dis­pute the ac­counts of some who al­lege that Clark was hand­cuffed when he was shot.

The killing prompted vig­ils, marches and an en­camp­ment out­side the po­lice precinct near where Clark died.

Ear­lier in Novem­ber, Mil­wau­kee po­lice ar­rested six demon­stra­tors on charges of dis­or­derly con­duct dur­ing down­town Mil­wau­kee’s an­nual Christ­mas tree light­ing at Red Ar­row Park.

Po­lice said protesters as­so­ci­ated with the Coali­tion for Jus­tice dis­rupted the Nov. 19 cer­e­mony by chant­ing and block­ing the stage dur­ing a mid­dle-school choir per­for­mance.

Po­lice Chief Ed Flynn said of­fi­cers tol­er­ated past protests in the name of free speech, but demon­stra­tors de­cided to make their rights more im­por­tant than the 500 peo­ple gath­ered for the tree light­ing.

Nate Hamilton, whose brother Don­tre was killed by a Mil­wau­kee po­lice of­fi­cer out­side the Star­bucks at Red Ar­row Park on April 30, 2014, was among those ar­rested.

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