Protesters march across West Side to call for justice for Rekia Boyd
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They marched across the West Side on Monday night, calling for justice — at times, shouting for vengeance — for Rekia Boyd, the African-American woman shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer in 2012.
“You wanted Ferguson!” protester Mark Carter said. “So be it. You got it.”
It wasn’t quite like the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, though. Only about 30 or so marchers took to the streets, furious that a Cook County judge had dismissed charges earlier in the day against Chicago police Detective Dante Servin.
The police presence appeared to build during the 2 1/2-hour march, although there appeared to be no serious confrontations between the two groups.
“Come on out! Come on out! Justice for Rekia!” they chanted.
A few folks joined the protesters, some of them giggling children. Mostly, though, windows went up and people poked their heads out to see what was going on. Many appeared unaware of the court proceedings.
By about 9:20 p.m., the protest had broken up.
At 9:40 p.m., Chicago Police did not have any information on arrests during the protest.