Hundreds of protesters galvanized by the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald closed a stretch of Michigan Avenue on Friday and blocked would-be customers from entering high-end, Magnificent Mile stores on what’s usually among the busiest shopping days of the year ,reports the Chicago Sun_Times.
At least four people were arrested amid brief scuffles all day
About 2,000 people took part in the protest, reports Reuters, some holding signs reading "Stop Police Terror."
"The protesters did take over the street for sometime today blocking stores but it seems to have been a safe experience thus far," said John Curran, a vice-president of marketing for The Magnificent Mile Association.
"In commerce terms you can think of this as a snow day. There is going to be a loss of revenue today and we plan to make that up during the rest of the holiday season.”