CHICAGO — Police arrested five protesters who were part of marches downtown Tuesday night denouncing the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.
Hundreds of protestors took to the streets near downtown Tuesday night following the release of video footage showing the 17-year-old McDonald's shooting death at the hands of a police officer.
Much of the protests were peaceful, though demonstrators did clash with police near Grant Park and again near the police department's District 1 building.
Three protestors were arrested for resisting a police officer, the department said Wednesday morning. Another was arrested for possession of a deadly weapon and one was arrested for assaulting a police officer.
Malcolm X. London, an activist and protest organizer, has been charged with one felony account of aggravated battery to a police officer after he allegedly struck an officer during a clash when protestors were kept out of Grant Park, police said.
Other activists are raising money to help London and other arrested activists post bond. They're due in court Wednesday afternoon.
On Tuesday night, protestors attempted to block the police SUV that was reportedly carrying London from the scene, and the group marched to the police station where London and other protestors were allegedly being held.
A man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a deadly weapon after he was found with a Taser and a knife at the protests, police said. The man was identified as Dean Vanriper, 38, of Murrieta, Calif., according to police.
Vanriper was the only out-of-towner arrested Tuesday night, according to police.
Also arrested during protests Tuesday was:
• Johnae Strong, 25, of the 1400 block of East 55th Street, who was charged with resisting an officer and was released, police said.
• May Page, 26, of the 5300 block of South Harper Avenue, who was charged with resisting an officer and was released.
• Troy Alim, 24, of the 4600 block of South Drexel Boulevard, who was charged with resisting an officer and was released.
The resisting a police officer charges are municipal ordinance violations, police said.
More protests are expected Wednesday.
Ahead of the release of the video Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Tuesday that people have a right to protest in the aftermath of the release of a video showing the police shooting Laquan McDonald but "we will be intolerant of criminal behavior."
Said McCarthy: "People have a right to be angry but they do not have right to commit criminal acts."
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