The Latest: Emanuel talks police violence at MLK breakfast

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Posted: Jan 15, 2016 10:51 PM
The Latest: Emanuel talks police violence at MLK breakfast

CHICAGO (AP) —

The latest on the fatal police shootings in Chicago (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is using an annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr. to address efforts to restore people's trust amid the city's ongoing police shooting scandal.

The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/1U0wyEm ) that Emanuel told attendees Friday that the city won't reach its potential without restoring trust between police and communities. He says the city has to "root out the cancer" of police abuse as it deals with deadly violence on Chicago streets, noting the impact on black men in particular.

Emanuel and his administration have faced sharp criticism since the city released a police video in November showing a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times in 2014. The officer faces murder charges in the case.

Protesters tried to block the entrance of the breakfast and some disrupted the event. Several prominent city pastors also boycotted the annual event.

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9:15 a.m.

Protesters angry over Chicago police shootings are trying to disrupt Mayor Rahm Emanuel's annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday's protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations since the November release of video showing a white police officer shooting a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times in October 2014. On Thursday, the city released video of a 2013 shooting in which a white officer shot and killed a 17-year-old black carjacking suspect, igniting fresh concerns.

Protesters tried to block the entrance to Friday's breakfast. One protester came into the room during the event and yelled "16 shots." Several prominent pastors said they'd boycott.

Community groups and leaders allege a cover-up in the McDonald case and there have been calls for him and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign.