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05 Oct 2018 | 09:35 PM UTC

US: Police trial verdict announced in Chicago /update 1

United States of America News Alert

Chicago police officer found guilty for shooting of black teenager; protests remain possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/8/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Chicago). COUNTRY/REGION Chicago, United States

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Event

A police officer in Chicago was found guilty on Friday, October 5, of murder for the 2015 shooting death of a black teenager. Social unrest, including potentially violent demonstrations, remains possible, although less likely than would have been the case if the jury had returned with an innocent verdict. Increased security had been deployed at key locations across the city in anticipation of the verdict, and a heavy security presence should be expected in the vicinity of any protest. Public schools in Chicago announced on Friday that all school sporting events would be canceled from Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7.

Context

The video of the killing, released 13 months after the fact, led to protests as well as political upheaval in the city.

Advice

Individuals in Chicago are advised to keep abreast of the situation and avoid all protests.

 

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