Violent Protests in Chicago after Man Shot Dead by Police

(From Reuters)

A violent clash broke out late Saturday in Chicago’s predominately black South Side neighborhood after police shot and killed a man whom they suspected was carrying a firearm.

A crowd of about 150 residents shouted “murderers” and obscenities, local media reports said. They tossed rocks, bottles and jumped on police cars as the protest escalated near the crime scene in the 2000 block of 71st Street.

Officers armed with batons squared off with the protestors with punches thrown on both sides, multiple media accounts said and videos posted on Twitter show.

Officials said three or four officers suffered minor injuries and one patrol car was damaged, and four protestors were arrested.

Few details of the shooting were available other than a police statement which said that about 5:30 p.m. foot patrol officers saw a man “exhibiting the characteristics of an armed person.”

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