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Chicago Protests Flare After Police Shoot Fleeing Teen

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Pierre Loury, 16, was shot and killed in Chicago by police Monday night. (Facebook)

By    |   Thursday, 14 Apr 2016 11:43 AM

Protests sparked by the fatal police shooting of a fleeing 16-year-old disrupted traffic and led to arrests in Chicago on Tuesday.

A vigil for Pierre Loury on Tuesday night turned into protests that briefly closed the Eisenhower Expressway, The Chicago Tribune reported.

According to the Tribune, Loury was shot Monday after allegedly threatening a police officer with a gun. He reportedly jumped out of a car that matched the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier shooting. An officer gave chase. At one point, Loury allegedly turned and aimed a gun at the officer. He was shot while climbing a fence.

"It's the story of the police [that] everybody has a gun," resident Bionca Johnson told the Tribune. "Half the time, these babies probably do have guns. They're probably scared with everything they're seeing on the news, so it's like, '[I'm going to] shoot first before I get killed.'"

During Tuesday’s protests, police arrested a 17-year-old girl who climbed on top of an unmarked police car and jumped up and down, The Tribune reported. Shimron Robinson, 31, also was arrested for allegedly knocking over a police officer involved in trying to get the teen off the squad car, the newspaper said.

Between 200 and 300 people were involved in the protest, which came the day before a mayoral task force released a report saying police "have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color," according to CNN.

The Police Accountability Task Force report released Wednesday said 74 percent of people killed or injured by Chicago police officers during the past eight years were African-American. Also, 72 percent of people stopped by Chicago police in 2014 were black, the report noted.

Loury attended Community Christian Alternative Academy and was an aspiring rapper, The New York Daily News reported.

"He's a typical Chicago teen male, no different than any other young man living in this city, facing some of the same challenges and trials and tribulations," his aunt Karen Winters told the Daily News.

Twitter users shared passionate reactions to the shooting.

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