Protesters hold rally in front of Chicago police station, call looting ‘justified’, a means of ‘reparations’

Members of the Black Lives Matter movement in Chicago held a solidarity rally for over one-hundred individuals arrested for looting.

The South Loop CPD station was the site of the rally, where the looters are currently being held.

Some protesters and activists believe that the looting is justified, and serves as both source of income and “reparations” for slavery, though the last alleged living slave died long ago.

“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats,” Ariel Atkins, a BLM organizer, said. “That makes sure that person has clothes. That is reparations. Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”

Not all of the 100 individuals arrested were jailed for looting, according to NBC 5, though the jailings were for rather serious offenses.

The looting began after CPD patrolling Englewood shot Latrell Allen, who had a gun and fired at police, forcing them to return fire.

“This person fired shots at our officers,” CPD Superintendent David Brown said. “Officers returned fire and struck the individual.”

Allen now faces attempted murder charges.

BLM activists in the area dispute the narrative issued by CPD.

“Police say a lot of things,” Atkins said. “Even though the Department of Justice said with the consent decree they are no longer allowed to chase people, they decided they were going to chase, and they shot this young man multiple times.”

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