Chicago, IL – Law enforcement officers were heckled by protesters as they were conducting a manhunt for a gunman who shot an ATF agent in the face on Friday.
The ATF agent was working with Chicago PD on a federal gun investigation near West 45th Street and South Hermitage Avenue when shots rang out at around 3:15 a.m., WLS-TV reported.
The agent was shot in the face and transported to the hospital in critical condition. He is expected to survive his injuries.
Following the shooting, officers from numerous agencies swarmed the area to hunt the gunman.
The law enforcement presence brought out protesters who heckled the officers involved in the manhunt, accusing the police response of being “aggressive” and “excessive,” according to WGN9.
The protesters held signs which said “Stop the harassment” as they chanted “Whose streets? Our streets” and accused officers of illegally recording them.
“CPD came like soldiers,” one activist told WGN9. “Bullying, pushing people.”
“This is the fourth law enforcement officer that’s been shot over in that area,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said, according to WGN9. “You think we’re going to take this lying down? I’ve got a message for them: We’re coming for you.”
Local “community organizer” Berto Aguayo posted video of some of the heckling along with a statement which said in part, “It hurts us to see this reaction when an officer is hurt as opposed to a civilian. And, it hurts even more to be mistreated in this way for the actions of a few. Throwing flashbangs, pushing little kids, and having no respect to our humanity.”
A $61,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.
At least 82 people were shot in Chicago last week.
You can see Aguayo’s video below: