Thousands march in Chicago for Adam Toledo while BLM protesters gather outside Brooklyn Center PD


Violent clashes erupted in Minneapolis, Chicago, and across the nation after peaceful anti-police protests descended into chaos on Friday night. 

Most of the protests around the country started peacefully on Friday night.

As time went on, however, many of the protests began to turn violent, with clashes between protests and the police becoming more frequent.

In some cities, police used pepper spray on the protesters in an attempt to break them up.

In other cities, police arrested some of the protesters.

The clashes between police and protesters marred what appeared to be a peaceful day and early evening of protests. 

Chicago

In Chicago, thousands of people marched for Adam Toledo, the 13-year-old who was killed by the police last month, before video was released on Thursday showing the shooting, sparking outrage.

The protests began before 6pm, with hundreds of people gathering in Logan Square Park, planning on marching to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s residence.

The number of protesters swelled into the thousands as the night went on, with the intersection of Milwaukee, Diversey and Kimball shut down around 7:30pm, according to ABC7.

Hundreds took to the streets on Thursday night after the video was first released, blocking traffic in the West Loop and protesting outside of the city’s police headquarters.

People in the city anticipated the protests ahead of the video’s release, boarding up windows and stores to prevent looting.

There were no reports of violence during Friday night’s protests earlier, but isolated clashes did break out with police later in the night. 

People protest the March 29th shooting and killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo by near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home

Chicago Police officers mask up and prepare near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home as people protest on Friday

Chicago Police officers mask up and prepare near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home as people protest on Friday

Demonstrators protest the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo on Friday in Logan Park, Chicago

Demonstrators protest the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo on Friday in Logan Park, Chicago

A protester holds a placard accusing the Chicago Police Department of murdering children following Adam Toledo's death

A protester holds a placard accusing the Chicago Police Department of murdering children following Adam Toledo’s death

People in Chicago take part in a demonstration a day after officials released a video showing Adam Toledo's death

People in Chicago take part in a demonstration a day after officials released a video showing Adam Toledo’s death

People protest the killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home on Friday

People protest the killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home on Friday

People continue to protest the killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home on Friday

People continue to protest the killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home on Friday

 

Brooklyn Center, the site of the death of Daunte Wright, 20, last Sunday entered its sixth day of protests on Friday.

The police headquarters in the city remains fenced off, but that didn’t prevent almost 1,000 people from gathering there by 9pm, according to the Star Tribune.

No curfew is in place for Friday night.

The protests began peacefully in the afternoon, with people barbecuing, giving away food, and writing messages with chalk on the sidewalks.

Things grew more tense as the sun went down, however, with one speaker saying, ‘We’re going to make their lives miserable every night,’ a message directed at law enforcement.

Protesters were demanding greater charges for Kimberly Potter, the former Brooklyn Center police officer who fatally shot Wright last week.

She was charged this week with second-degree manslaughter, which protesters and members of Wright’s family believe is not enough. 

There was a brief incident when Black protesters attempted to prevent white protesters from shaking fences and climbing barricades.

Minnesota is also preparing for more protests in the coming days with Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd winding to an end – closing arguments are set to take place on Monday. 

A demonstrator is pepper-sprayed outside of the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Friday

A demonstrator is pepper-sprayed outside of the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Friday

People take cover from pepper spray being used by law enforcement from behind a fence at Brooklyn Center PD Friday

People take cover from pepper spray being used by law enforcement from behind a fence at Brooklyn Center PD Friday

A demonstrator is attended to after getting pepper-sprayed by police officers during a protest outside in Brooklyn Center

A demonstrator is attended to after getting pepper-sprayed by police officers during a protest outside in Brooklyn Center

Demonstrators clash with police outside the Brooklyn Center police station on April 16, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Demonstrators clash with police outside the Brooklyn Center police station on April 16, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

A peaceful crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday afternoon

A peaceful crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday afternoon

Protesters in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department hold up flags and signs on Friday afternoon

Protesters in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department hold up flags and signs on Friday afternoon 

Pictured: Del Shea Perry, mother of Hardel Sherrell who, in 2018, was found dead while in custody at the Beltrami County Jail

Pictured: Del Shea Perry, mother of Hardel Sherrell who, in 2018, was found dead while in custody at the Beltrami County Jail

A peaceful crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Friday afternoon

A peaceful crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Friday afternoon

A peaceful crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Friday afternoon, putting their fists in the air

A peaceful crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Friday afternoon, putting their fists in the air

A peaceful crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Friday afternoon, taking a knee outside the station

A peaceful crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Friday afternoon, taking a knee outside the station

Pictured: 'Buddhists for Racial Justice and Compassionate Action' meditate in front of the Hennepin County Courthouse on Friday afternoon

Pictured: ‘Buddhists for Racial Justice and Compassionate Action’ meditate in front of the Hennepin County Courthouse on Friday afternoon

Meanwhile, protests continued around the rest of the nation on Friday night, with major cities such as New York City, Atlanta, and Washington DC seeing various protests throughout the day.

In New York City, some protesters held up signs saying the names of victims, such as Daunte Wright.

There was also a memorial in Washington Square Park for Wright and Dominique Lucious, a black transgender woman recently murdered in Missouri.

As the night went on in New York, there were clashes between Black Lives Matters protesters and the police in Brooklyn near the Barclays Center, where hundreds of people had gathered.

Some people were also arrested, although it’s not clear what sparked the clash. 

Police officers take a protester into custody as hundreds of BLM protesters are gathered at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Police officers take a protester into custody as hundreds of BLM protesters are gathered at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Hundreds of BLM protesters are gathered at the Barclays Center and took to the streets on Friday night

Hundreds of BLM protesters are gathered at the Barclays Center and took to the streets on Friday night

A woman carries a sign that reads 'Daunte Wright' as demonstrators protest against police in New York City

A woman carries a sign that reads ‘Daunte Wright’ as demonstrators protest against police in New York City

People look at a memorial in Washington Square Park for Daunte Wright and for Dominique Lucious in New York City

People look at a memorial in Washington Square Park for Daunte Wright and for Dominique Lucious in New York City

In Atlanta, Black Lives Matters protesters marched peacefully through downtown.

Some held signs, including one with the anti-police slogan ‘ACAB.’

Washington DC saw similar protests on Friday, with people holding signs and marching through the Black Lives Matter Plaza. 

Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday night

Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday night

Diners film demonstrators marching down U Street in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday

Diners film demonstrators marching down U Street in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday

Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday night

Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday night

Black Lives Matter protesters march in downtown Atlanta, Georgia on Friday afternoon

Black Lives Matter protesters march in downtown Atlanta, Georgia on Friday afternoon

In Atlanta, many protesters carried signs, including one saying 'Enough is Enough' about the rash of police shootings

In Atlanta, many protesters carried signs, including one saying ‘Enough is Enough’ about the rash of police shootings



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