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Black Lives Matter Movement Makes Appearance At Police Convention

| by Daniel Rivera
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A demonstrator at a Black Lives Matter protest in Chicago reportedly climbed a flagpole during a national police chief gathering to remove the American flag.

A Black Lives Matter supporter took down the U.S flag in front of police convention on Oct. 24 and replaced it with a flag that read, "Unapologetically Black," according WLS-TV.

The flag was taken down shortly afterward, but protesters continued their demonstration during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) meeting. The demonstration consisted of several hundred protesters, and over 14,000 public safety officers attended the IACP event.

Garry McCarthy, Chicago police's superintendent, left the meeting to observe the demonstration, and upon returning he delivered a statement.

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“We’re in a tough time for policing right now and I believe we’re at a crossroads," McCarthy said during the opening ceremony, according to WLS-TV.

"I don’t think this climate has ever existed in the history of American policing,” he added. “But at the same time I honestly believe this scrutiny and this environment presents an opportunity for us.”

President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference on Oct. 27. 

Dozens of people were reportedly arrested during the demonstration, mostly due to a sit-in that was conducted in the middle of the road.

The Black Lives Matter movement seeks to fight institutional racism and encourage dialogue of the issues plaguing African-Americans and minorities, its website states.

There were 4,861 reports of misconduct from 6,613 law enforcement officers recorded in 2010, according to the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project (NPMRP). Of those officers, NPMRP claims 23.8 percent (1,575 officers) were involved in excessive reports.

Sources: TheBlaze, WLS-TV, Black Lives Matter, National Police Misconduct Reporting Project / Photo Credit: Twitter, WLS-TV via The Blaze