Activists, Residents Hold Laquan Memorial as Protests Start Again Downtown

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 Activists and residents gathered near the site where Laquan McDonald was shot and killed in October 2014.

Activists and residents gathered near the site where Laquan McDonald was shot and killed in October 2014.
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DNAinfo/Ed Komenda

ARCHER HEIGHTS — More than two dozen community activists and residents gathered Wednesday afternoon outside a memorial for Laquan McDonald near 41st and Pulaski, a short drive from where the 17-year-old was shot 16 times by police and killed. At the same time, protesters called for police accountability while marching Downtown, blocking traffic on Michigan Avenue during rush hour Wednesday.

“We are standing in solidarity for the young black activists that have taken the lead on this issue,” said Katya Nuques, director of Enlace Chicago, a community outreach group, at the memorial in Archer Heights.

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