Protestors March for "Lil Crack"
- About 500 people marched on the West Side this evening to protest a police-involved shooting that claimed the life of an 18-year-old man on Sunday.
Roshad McIntosh, 18, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital after being shot by police at about 6:30 p.m. on the 2800 block of West Polk Street in the Lawndale neighborhood, officials said.
Tonight, a crowd of people marched to the Harrison District headquarters, 3151 W. Harrison St. and then ended their journey through the neighborhood in a vacant lot right next to the two-story apartment building where McIntosh was shot. Police said he was armed.
Organizers rallied the crowd from one of the back porches with chants through loudspeakers like "WHO ARE WE! WE'RE CHICAGO!" Tio Hardiman, the former head of the anti-violence group CeaseFire Illinois, was one of the speakers.
"This is not about no personalities or no individuals," Hardiman exclaimed through loudspeaker. "This is about unity...It's time for a change in our community."
[...] They carried balloons and several posters including a poster referring to the man by his nickname, "RIP Lil' Crack" to the building where a memorial was set up on the building's rear porch.
It's bad enough that they're all marching for an armed felon with a rap sheet as long as your arm, but his street name was "Lil Crack," a reference to what exactly? Oh yeah....the "rocks" he was selling in the 'hood. This is their hero. Fucking pathetic.