Protesters demonstrate at the rally for Denzel Ford in Chicago on Monday evening. | eliwise2/Twitter
Protesters again hit the Chicago streets after local police shot a young black man over the weekend, the third incident of its kind in as many weeks.
The rally, which took place in the city’s Near West Side neighborhood, was held in direct response to officers shooting Denzel Ford, 20, while in the process of attempting to arrest him Saturday evening for alleged involvement in the selling of narcotics. Outcry over the recent shooting follows weeks of heightened national scrutiny of police shootings in the wake of the killing of unarmed Missouri teen Michael Brown.
As police tell it, officers tried to apprehend Ford as he was sitting in a car in the city’s West Town neighborhood during a narcotics investigation, the Chicago Tribune reported. Ford allegedly refused to exit the vehicle and instead drove the car into an officer, causing the officer to fall to the ground. Police say when Ford attempted to accelerate toward the officer on the ground again, another officer opened fire.