CHICAGO — With protests planned across the country this week, one year after Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, the Chicago Police Department tweeted out a list of ways to avoid a confrontation with police.
With the high-profile deaths of Brown, Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Cleveland and most recently suburban woman Sandra Bland, the country is paying attention to when police open fire — and Chicago officers do it often.
According to a Better Government Association investigation, Chicago police have killed more people in the last five years than any other big city:
"Chicago police reported killing 70 people from 2010 through 2014, the most of any department the BGA looked at, followed by Phoenix (57); Philadelphia (54); Houston (49); and Los Angeles (47), records show."
On Friday night, the department sent out the following tweets, which urged Chicagoans to "be smart" about who they hang out with, avoid cursing and keep your hands visible at all times:
Jen Sabella discusses CPD's tweet and how critics are responding:
The tweet received a critical response from a #BlackLivesMatter activist, who asked CPD if the list was "a joke" and made their own list in response:
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