Black Lives Matter Holds Rally Supporting Individuals Arrested in Chicago Looting Monday – NBC Chicago
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Members of Black Lives Matter held a solidarity rally on Monday night with the more than 100 individuals who were arrested after a night of looting and unrest in Chicago.
The rally was held at the South Loop police station where organizers say those individuals are currently being held in custody.
Black Lives Matter Chicago organized the rally after overnight unrest throughout the city, with police saying that more than 100 individuals were taken into custody for a variety of offenses, including looting.
Chicago police believe the looting began after officers shot a man in the city's Englewood neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.
Authorities say the man, identified as 20-year-old Latrell Allen, had a gun and fired at police before they returned fire, striking and wounding him.
BLM organizers are criticizing the police narrative surrounding the shooting, pointing out that none of the officers involved in the shooting had body cameras.
"Police say a lot of things," Atkins said.
Even still, Atkins and other organizers say that the entire incident points to deep-seeded issues that remain within the Chicago Police Department.
As the rally continues, police are setting up barriers and raising bridges in downtown Chicago in an attempt to prevent more looting in the Central Business District.
Chicago police say at least 13 officers were injured during confrontations between law enforcement and looters Sunday night and into Monday.