Rev. Jesse Jackson to Lead March Down State Street in Memory of Laquan McDonald

Another demonstration on Black Friday, also organized by Jackson, drew hundreds of protesters and shut down the Magnificent Mile at the height of shopping time

The Rev. Jesse Jackson will lead another rally on a busy shopping day in Chicago in response to the release of the dashcam video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald last month.

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which is led by Jackson, will host the rally at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at State and Van Buren streets. A march toward the Thompson Center will begin at 2 p.m. Demonstrators will march north on State to Randolph and then west on Randolph to the Thompson Center, where it ends.

The rally and march will be held in memory of McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer in October 2014.

On Saturday, protesters gathered again along Michigan Avenue. Participants chanted "16 shots and a cover up," referring the number of times McDonald was shot.

Protesters also staged a die-in outside of Nordstrom, calling for Mayor Emanuel's resignation.

Jackson and several community activists and church leaders organized another major protest on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday a few days after the dashcam video was released to the public and Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting.

The Black Friday demonstration drew hundreds of protesters and shut down the Magnificent Mile at the height of shopping time. During the demonstration, protesters attempted to block store entrances at Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Victoria's Secret and Macy's. Four people were arrested during the protest.

Since the Black Friday protest, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and demands for the resignation of Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez have grown. Some have also called for Emanuel to step down as well.

Jackson was among those who asked for McCarthy's resignation, but he says the former superintendent's firing is not enough to fix the "cultural crisis" in the Chicago Police Department. 

"It does very little if you change the head and you don't change the heart and infrastructure. That's not enough," Jackson said before McCarthy was fired. "It must be an all-out inclusive search if he were to step down and a plan to detoxify the police and regain public confidence." 

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