Protesters Rip Lights Off Chicago Christmas Tree

VIDEO ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters Rip Lights Off Chicago Christmas Tree


In a protest President Obama called “peaceful,” “Black Lives Matter” activists fought back against police brutality Wednesday night by attacking a Christmas tree owned by the City of Chicago.

Chanting “This city sucks!” protesters ran up to the tree in Millennium Park and began ripping strings of lights off it.

Other footage, captured by Fox 32, showed the same incident with a protester yelling, “F*ck your Christmas tree!”

Protesters are in the streets over the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was gunned down last year, but dashcam video was made public only this week. McDonald was shot 16 times, including multiple times while he lay motionless on the ground.

In addition to trying to destroy the Christmas tree, “Black Lives Matter” protesters also taunted police officers by getting in their faces and staring at them:

A different angle shows the same protester daring the police officer to shoot him.

“You won’t do it,” he said repeatedly, before saying, “You won’t shoot me 16 times, will you? I want you to. Do it!”

Protesters took to the streets Tuesday night after the dashcam video was released. President Obama, of course, weighed in on the protests and dubbed them “peaceful,” writing on Facebook:

“Like many Americans, I was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. This Thanksgiving, I ask everybody to keep those who’ve suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers, and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor. And I’m personally grateful to the people of my hometown for keeping protests peaceful.”

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