Poet/Activist Behind Chance The Rapper’s “Open Mike” Events Charged with Felony Over Laquan McDonald Protests


Malcolm London

[UPDATE: Charges against Malcolm London have now been dropped.]

Last night hundreds of protesters walked the streets of downtown Chicago to protest the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. While the protests were overwhelmingly peaceful, a small scuffle did break out between Chicago police officers and protesters. Involved in the mass scuffle was Chicago’s own, rapper Vic Mensa. Mensa stood behind his brothers and sisters to march in support of McDonald and to show their disgust over the newly released video, where an officer (who has since been charge with murder) is seen shooting McDonald 16 times.

Mensa wasn’t the only Chicago activist in attendance last night. Poet and activist Malcolm London, who is one of the co-founders and hosts of Chance The Rapper’s “Open Mike” nights, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault. While police allege that London struck an officer, other witnesses disagree. Alderman Roderick Sawyer, who is the Chair of the City Council Black Caucus in Chicago, commended London as a hero. According to Sawyer’s daughter, who was with London last night, police officers wrongfully blamed London for a flare light that was thrown and promptly apprehended him after.

You can donate to the bond fund for London’s release here.

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