August 11, 2020

Chicago Police Shooting Of Black Man Inspired Civil Unrest, Destruction, And Looting In Upscale Commercial District ‘Magnificent Mile’

The already high tensions between Police and Chicago residents along with the recent shooting of 20-year-old Latrell Allen lead to civil unrest In Chicago’s upscale Commercial District. Over one hundred people were arrested and 13 officers injured.

Photo: A worker cleans up broken window glass at a store on Chicago's Michigan Ave., Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, after hundreds of people converged early Monday on the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s most famous shopping district, breaking windows, looting stores and clashing with the police. The Chicago police superintendent said that the chaos that unfolded downtown had apparently grown out of a shooting that took place on the South Side on Sunday afternoon. (Taylor Glascock/The New York Times)

The Incident That Led To Civil Unrest

According to ABC 7 Chicago News, “Police responded about 2:30 p.m. Sunday there for a report of a person with a gun. When officers arrived, they found a young male suspect [Latrell Allen] who matched the description given, police said.

Police tried to confront him in a nearby alley, but he reportedly ran from officers, pulled out a gun and began shooting at them. Supt. Brown said officers returned fire, striking the 20-year-old shooter in the shoulder. He is expected to recover, Brown said.”

The Destruction Of The ‘Magnificent Mile’ Commercial District

The Chicago Sun Times reports, “Some six weeks after the killing of George Floyd triggered protests and looting throughout Chicago, a police shooting in Englewood on Sunday afternoon — and subsequent rumormongering on social media — led to additional shootings downtown, along with widespread theft and destruction in the city’s Magnificent Mile and other retail shopping districts.

Two people were shot and more than 100 people were arrested as hundreds of people looted dozens of high-end shops from the South Loop to Lincoln Park, leaving heaps of shattered glass and empty storefronts in their wake.

When the dust settled, business owners broke out their brooms and called insurance companies to begin picking up the pieces of the second wave of looting this summer.”