Two protests that shut down streets in Beverly/Morgan Park were held on Sunday, June 7, with hundreds of people in both calling for an end to police brutality.
An "I Have a Black Son" march began at 112th Street and Western Avenue, moving south down Western before turning onto 115th Street and visiting Mt. Hope Cemetery, 11500 S. Fairfield Ave. Marchers then turned around and returned to 115th and Western.
Organizers called for police reform that includes a nationwide ban on police chokeholds.
Later that afternoon, a group called "Blck Rising" marched through the community. Protestors began at Barnard Park, 10431 S. Longwood Drive, marching down Longwood, then heading west on 95th Street and south on Western.
Protestors held a sitdown at 111th and Western after police blocked off 111th Street going west. The group was angry they were not allowed to move toward Mt. Greenwood.
22nd District Commander Sean Joyce said he did not have enough police to line the street heading west and that organizers agreed to go east, to the 22nd District station, 1900 W. Monterey Ave. One organizer denied the agreement.
The march eventually did go to the station before ending back at Barnard Park.
Both protests remained mostly peaceful.
Full coverage of both events will appear in the June 10 edition of The Beverly Review and on beverlyreview.net.