Watch as residents confront BLM supporters in tense standoff
The angry residents of a Chicago suburb confronted the protesters who showed up to demonstrate at a police station.
The BLM protest had moved from Englewood to Chicago’s 7th District police station on Tuesday but then ended in a dramatic confrontation with the area’s residents.
“If you ain’t from Englewood, get the f**k out of here!” one of the residents named as Darryl Smith was heard shouting at the protesters, who he said were not from the community.
“They were… gonna come to Englewood, antagonizing our police, and then when they go back home to the north side in Indiana, our police are bitter and they’re beating up our little black boys,” Smith told reporters on the scene, adding that “we don’t need any outsiders coming and antagonizing.”
Heated arguments ended up nearly turning into fistfights.
Organisers for the BLM said that demonstrators decided to leave following conflict with residents, saying they felt “unsafe.”
The protest came days after the police shooting of a 20-year-old suspect who reportedly opened fire on officers, which kicked off a spree of looting in downtown Chicago over the weekend. Smith said the unrest had been unfairly blamed on Englewood, and that the protesters were only feeding that perception.
“A lot of people are saying the looting downtown sparked from Englewood. We’re not having that. It didn’t spark from Englewood,” he said. “Those [looters] were opportunists, and we’re tired of Englewood getting a black eye for any and everything that happens.”
Some 400 officers were deployed to the downtown shopping district to quell the looting on Sunday, making over 100 arrests amid what Mayor Lori Lightfoot dubbed “an assault on our city.”