Activist Malcolm X. London and 4 Others Arrested During Protest in Chicago

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A tense standoff between protesters and Chicago police reportedly led to a 15-minute shoving match between the two groups that ended with five protesters, including activist Malcolm X. London, getting arrested.


According to the Chicago Sun-Times, protesters began gathering on Chicago streets shortly after video footage showing Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was released. Officers began standing in front of protesters, and a tense standoff ensued. The Sun-Times called the scene a "full-on pushing match" that police report left four officers injured.

London, 22, reportedly struck an officer in the melee and was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery. The officer was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. Charges against London have since been dropped. According to DNAinfo Chicago, several protesters marched to police headquarters to demand that London be released.

London, who has a strong social media following and was one of the organizers and speakers of Tuesday's march, has been a prominent voice against police brutality in Chicago and across the nation. On Tuesday, before his arrest, he called for Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to be fired.

In a separate incident during the protest, 38-year-old Dean M. Vanriper was "charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a weapon, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a deadly weapon," according to the Sun-Times. Vanriper, a resident of California, reportedly had a knife and a Taser.

Johnae A. Strong, 25; Troy T. Alim, 24; and May Page, 26, were charged with one misdemeanor count each of resisting a police officer, and were all released on their own recognizance. Vanriper and London are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times and DNAinfo Chicago.