The angry residents of a Chicago suburb confronted the protesters who showed up to demonstrate at a police station.
The BLM protest had moved from Englewood to Chicago’s 7th District police station on Tuesday but then ended in a dramatic confrontation with the area’s residents.
“If you ain’t from Englewood, get the f**k out of here!” one of the residents named as Darryl Smith was heard shouting at the protesters, who he said were not from the community.
“They were… gonna come to Englewood, antagonizing our police, and then when they go back home to the north side in Indiana, our police are bitter and they’re beating up our little black boys,” Smith told reporters on the scene, adding that “we don’t need any outsiders coming and antagonizing.”
Chicago resident tells BLM Protesters “We’re out here everyday watching our babies get their brains blew out with no resources while y’all get all the resources” pic.twitter.com/GvsRcwgvGd
— Dowop Robinson (@dowop_robinson) August 12, 2020
8/11/20 Chicago, IL Black Englewood residents asked BLM protesters to leave because “they aren’t going to antagonize our police. We’re not going to have that…They’re going to have to go through us.” Credit: ABC 7 Chicago pic.twitter.com/5FUCu0JFIn
— Liz Jones (@LizJone26271417) August 12, 2020
Heated arguments ended up nearly turning into fistfights.
Organisers for the BLM said that demonstrators decided to leave following conflict with residents, saying they felt “unsafe.”
The protest came days after the police shooting of a 20-year-old suspect who reportedly opened fire on officers, which kicked off a spree of looting in downtown Chicago over the weekend. Smith said the unrest had been unfairly blamed on Englewood, and that the protesters were only feeding that perception.
President Trump had warned to send Federal Agents into Chicago if violent protests continued.
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