A white mob confronted and racially insulted Black Lives Matter activists, who were visiting the family of the deceased Joshua Beal.
Black Lives Matter activists were checking on the family of Joshua Beal, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Chicago, when a group of white people met them head-on and called racially insulted them, calling them “n****rs.” We have got more details on the incident below.
A group of Black Lives Matter activists who showed up to check on the family of a black man who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer were threatened by a white mob and told “n****rs go home,” reports DNAInfo.
According to police, Joshua Beal, 25, was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday afternoon after getting into a road rage incident with an off-duty firefighter while Beal was participating in a funeral procession.
Police state that Beal was shot to death after failing to drop a gun when confronted by the police officer, but refused to say whether the man fired his weapon.
— Kofi Ademola BLMCHI (@KofiAdemola) November 6, 2016
Saturday evening, a group of Black Lives Matters activists attempted to visit the site of the shooting to check on Beal’s family only to run into a mob holding a “Blue Lives Matter” flag and telling them to go away.
According to BLM activist Kofi Ademola, his group didn’t come to the area to protest, but to speak with Beal’s family.
“There was no protest,” Ademola said. “We were there to check on the family to make sure they were safe. Next thing we knew, we were surrounded by a bunch of angry white people. Nobody said anything to them.”
In a video posted on Facebook, a man can be heard telling them, if they don’t support police, “you’re a criminal,” while another man told them to get out of his neighborhood.
“A young white guy [walked] up with a baseball bat,” Ademola said. “The police took the baseball bat from him. White people are driving by and yelling at us ‘n****rs go home!’ Get the f— out of here! Blue Lives Matter.’ More of them got out of the car and chanted ‘CPD! Blue Lives Matter.’” See more
Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative, a group of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood resident who support and celebrate diversity, responded to the shooting Sunday.
“The incident is of grave concern to us due to the way many have chosen to demonize the victim and have made a judgment of guilt without evidence,” the group’s board said in a statement. “We continue to believe that it is important for all people to feel safe in this community, including those who gather in protest,” SCDC said.
The group said they “believe it is necessary to provide a space that allows for the discussion about how racism affects the way these incidents are viewed without derailing the conversation to focus on other groups or concerns.”
— Raw Story (@RawStory) November 6, 2016
Beal’s family told Fox Chicago that the incident began when an off-duty police officer cut off members of the funeral procession in traffic, and that Beal had a license to carry a gun.
The Indianapolis man was only in Chicago to be a pallbearer at a cousin’s funeral, Fox reported. See more
The death of Beal is as a result of the institutional racism that is tearing this country apart. The Black Lives Matter activists only went to show support to the victim’s family, but the white racists in the neighborhood weren’t going to have that. It’s ridiculous to see that law enforcement did not come down on these white racists as hard as they would if they were Black.