A group of white people in Chicago angrily confronted Black Lives Matters activists who were on their way to console the family of a black man shot and killed by police on Saturday. “N****rs go home!” the mob yelled hours after the shooting, DNAinfo reported.
"A young white guy [walked] up with a baseball bat," Black Lives Matter activist Kofi Ademola told DNAinfo. "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.'"
The clash took place in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood of the city, where Joshua Beal was shot in the head hours earlier after an off-duty fireman and a police officer confronted him for reportedly blocking a fire lane, the Chicago Tribune reported.
When the 25-year-old father of two exited his car, an argument ensued before an off-duty officer got involved in the fracas. Beal failed to drop his gun before both officers fired their weapons, the off-duty officer said. It was not immediately clear who fired the fatal bullet.
Beal was visiting from Indianapolis to attend a family funeral.
"The Sergeant stopped, exited his vehicle, displayed his weapon and announced his office," the Chicago Police Department said in a statement Saturday. "As the incident continued to escalate and the offender failed to drop his weapon, shots were fired striking the individual multiple times."
Beal's handgun, which his family said he was licensed for, was recovered at the scene.
A bystander who recorded a cellphone video of the incident in which multiple gunshots can be heard told the local ABC affiliate Beal did brandish his weapon at all. However, a separate video taken at the scene appears to show Beal was indeed holding a gun before he was shot, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
A video posted to Facebook shows a man yelling at the activists, "You’re a criminal" if they did not support police, Raw Story reported.
Police were reviewing additional video footage and working to determine if Beal's gun was discharged during the fight.