In yet another disturbing incident of police brutality, an off-duty police officer fatally shot an African- American man during a road rage incident in Mount Greenwood, Chicago.
The 25-year-old victim was reportedly attending his cousin’s funeral procession at the time of the shooting, which also involved an off-duty firefighter. One of Beal’s family members was present at the scene.
The police claim the father of two was armed. When one of the two cops asked him to drop the weapon, Beal reportedly refused. The police report did not mention if the man opened fire.
A day after the tragic incident, the Black Lives Matter protesters decrying Beal’s death faced what they called "'60s style racism” when a white mob confronted them with “Blue Lives Matter” placards and told them to “go home.”
The activists were reportedly visiting the site to pay respects to the victim’s family.
“There was no protest,” said BLM activist Kofi Ademola. “We were there to check on the family to make sure they were safe. Next thing we knew, we were surrounded by a bunch of angry white people. Nobody said anything to them.”
As the DNA info reports, there were hundreds of racist demonstrators at the scene, hurling racial slurs and threatening less than 20 activists who were present at the scene.
“A young white guy [walked] up with a baseball bat,” Ademola continued. “The police took the baseball bat from him. White people are driving by and yelling at us ‘n****rs go home!’ Get the f*** out of here! Blue Lives Matter.’ More of them got out of the car and chanted ‘CPD! Blue Lives Matter.'”
Some protesters even assaulted a journalist.
Footage of man who grabbed my camera, shoved me at police event in Mt.Greenwood. I grew up blocks from here. pic.twitter.com/W6I8GoHDJk— Joe Ward (@JayDubWard) November 6, 2016
In fact, the situation got so bad that the police had to escort the BLM activists out of the area.
“It was hectic. I was in shock the whole time,” said Ja'Mal Green, the activist who called for the event. “It really felt like we were back in the '60s. The rally shows that a black man can be killed by police and they were overjoyed about that.”
“Here's your guy with a f***ing gun in his hand,” said a pro-police protester, allegedly holding up a photo of Beal holding what appeared to be a gun. Another person shouted, “Stop shooting cops!”
Beal’s family claims he had a license to carry a gun.
The massive online reaction sums up the situation rather accurately.
How white ppl can yell blue lives matter when a cop kills a black person but not when a white person kills a cop is very telling #JoshuaBeal— Fact Turner (@_Uncensorable) November 6, 2016
The longer we play this game the more of our people are going to murdered at funerals. #JoshuaBeal— #SaveKevinCooper (@NolanHack) November 7, 2016
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