The New Black Power
We put in some work on this Chicago magazine piece from IP journalist Darryl Holliday and illustrator Jamie Hibdon. Check it out online and in glorious full-spread print in stores today.
The night of December 9, 2015, was a particularly tense one at the Chicago Police Department headquarters on Michigan and 35th, just south of the Loop. That afternoon, hundreds of protesters had marched up the Magnificent Mile, stopping at intersections to disrupt traffic, as they had several times since the November 24 release of the now-infamous Laquan McDonald video. Earlier in the day, Mayor Rahm Emanuel had publicly apologized for the shooting death of the 17-year-old at the hands of a police officer, but that acknowledgment only seemed to fuel the outrage.
Now, as the Chicago Police Board began its monthly public meeting, a standing-room-only crowd filled the first-floor auditorium. The McDonald shooting was top of mind for many on hand. Some in the audience refused to sit quietly, resorting to chants of “Sixteen shots! Stop the cover-up!”
Still, residents had other grievances to air, and as they stood, one by one, to address the board, their comments—limited to two minutes—were often cut off with a familiar refrain: “Thank you, your time is up.”
“Good evening, Ms. Williams,” a board member said as a woman dressed in a black hoodie, with a pair of neon-pink headphones around her neck, approached the microphone.
“Good evening, unelected board,” Rachel Williams answered without hesitation.
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