Chicago, IL – Residents of Englewood sent Black Lives Matter protesters packing after a confrontation in front of the police station on Wednesday.
A caravan of protesters started out at 64th and Cottage Grove and ended up in front of the Chicago Police Department’s 7th District station house in Englewood on Aug. 12, WFLD reported.
Black Lives Matter activists were protesting the officer-involved shooting of 20-year-old Latrell Allen on Aug. 9.
That incident began at about 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 after Chicago police responded to the area of 56th and Aberdeen in Englewood for a call about a man with a gun, WFLD reported.
Chicago Police Deputy Chief Delonda Tally said officers spotted the armed suspect and chased him.
“During the foot pursuit, the offender turned and fired shots at the officers. The officers then returned, discharging their weapon,” Chief Tally said.
The suspect was struck during the gunfight, WFLD reported.
He was transported to University of Chicago Hospital and was expected to survive.
Police recovered the suspect’s handgun at the scene, WFLD reported.
Neighbors gathered at the shooting scene and quickly became a violent mob, WFLD reported.
Police said people in the crowd began hurling things at officers.
“We do have an officer that was maced by someone in the crowd. We do have an officer that sustained a shoulder injury from the incident with the crowd. One of our vehicles, the windows were shattered by a brick,” Chief Tally told reporters.
Police said the crowd’s outrage was stoked by the claim the 20-year-old man shot by police had been a juvenile, WFLD reported.
In fact, the armed suspect had a history of prior arrests for burglary, child endangerment, and domestic battery, FOX News reported.
After the unrest at the original scene, the violent mob moved down to the city’s Magnificent Mile shopping district at about midnight and began smashing windows there.
Businesses there and in other areas of the city sustained millions of dollars in damage as looters tore through and loaded their waiting vehicles with merchandise.
But just because the shooting that sparked the latest riot happened in Englewood, the neighbors aren’t having the mayhem on their own streets, WFLD reported.
“If you ain’t from Englewood, get the f–k out of here,” lifelong Englewood resident Darryl Smith told protesters on Wednesday.
Smith said he has lived in that area of Chicago for 51 years and he was furious that false claims on social media led to violent riots, WFLD reported.
“First time they heard something, he was 15. He got shot and a lady got shot. It goes to social media and you have to learn the facts, you have to have facts in this matter,” he said, sounding frustrated.
The Englewood native said he and other residents want Black Lives Matter and Good Kids Mad City protesters to stay out of their neighborhood, WFLD reported.
“A lot of people saying the looting downtown sparked from Englewood,” Smith said. “We’re not having that. It didn’t spark from Englewood. Those were opportunists.”
“We are tired of Englewood getting a black eye for any and everything that happens, those people were opportunists,” he added.
Smith and other residents faced off with the protesters and engaged in a yelling and shoving match before the protesters backed down and started to leave, WFLD reported.
“We refuse to let anybody come to Englewood and tear Englewood apart,” Charles McKenzie, a neighborhood activist, said.
The protesters were eventually sent packing about an hour after they arrived, and marched away from the neighborhood, WFLD reported.
“They wasn’t going to come to Englewood, antagonize our police. And then when they go back home to the north side and Indiana, our police are bitter and they’re beating up our little black boys,” Smith said angrily.