Angry crowd protests after Chicago police fatally shoot man

Chicago police shot and killed a man Saturday night igniting protests in the city, clashes with cops and resulting in the officer being placed on desk duty just hours after the shooting.

Officers on foot saw "a man exhibiting characteristics of an armed person", and a "confrontation" ensued when they tried to question him, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.

At least four people were arrested and several officers were injured, police said. Officers approached the man, who became combative and tried to push the officers' hands away.

"They thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon, which he did have a weapon on him, and the officers tragically shot him", he said.
Black Youth Project interviewed one of Augustus' friends at the barbershop, who said he was a quiet and good man. Two officers shoved a Chicago Sun-Times reporter to the ground, smacking a cellphone out of his hand.

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The shooting took place in the predominantly African-American South Shore neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, fire department spokesman Larry Merritt told The Associated Press.

After nightfall, protesters continued to mill around the neighbourhood with police occasionally chasing them away. The officer has not been identified.

The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m.in the 2000 block of East 71st Street, according to police and Chicago Fire Department officials.

The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Some protesters chanted "murderers" as police watched.

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Some people claimed a female officer shot the man at least five times in the back as he ran away, the newspaper reported.

Protesters were active at the scene past 10:30 p.m. Police said two squad cars were damaged by people slashing tires and jumping on the vehicles, and that four officers were treated and released after being hit by rocks and bottles. Issa reported that the fighting started after police officers moved their defense line forward.

The Chicago Sun-Times says scuffles broke out between protesters and police officers holding batons who had cordoned off the area.

A large group of civilians gathered at the scene after the shooting.

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The city erupted in protest in 2015 after the release of a video showing white police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014.

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