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Protest on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue targets police conduct

The demonstrators held a brief march Friday along the busy retail street and rallied outside Water Tower Place, chanting a demand for justice for Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old who was shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer in 2014.

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Chicago police officers keep protesters off Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. Community activists and labor leaders held a demonstration on Black Friday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Activists gathered on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue for a third consecutive year to protest against police misconduct and demand civilian oversight.

The demonstrators held a brief march Friday along the busy retail street and rallied outside Water Tower Place, chanting a demand for justice for Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old who was shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer in 2014. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, is charged with first-degree murder and awaits trial.

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Dorothy Holmes speaks to protesters in Chicago downtown, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. Community activists and labor leaders held a demonstration billed as a “march for justice” on Black Friday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Alderman Carlos Rosa, one of the protesters, said the city of Chicago is spending $95 million for a new shooting range for law enforcement, but can’t implement measures that increase oversight of police.

The demonstrators waved signs targeting police, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Donald Trump.

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Friday’s demonstration attracted about 100 people, far fewer than the hundreds that turned out in previous years.

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A protester holds a sign in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, during a demonstration billed as a “march for justice” on Black Friday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)