Protesters took to the streets of Chicago Tuesday night after Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014. Rapper Vic Mensa, a 22-year-old native of the city, joined them. In a video shared on Twitter, Mensa can be heard saying he “just got hands put on me by police” and “we want justice for Laquan and we want justice for our people.” Mensa’s confrontation with the police can be seen in a CBS News video.
Hip-hop played a role in the protest beyond Mensa’s involvement. Chicago rapper and Mensa affiliate Chance the Rapper tweeted his support and footage from the evening shows protesters singing the chorus from Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” which has been adopted as a rallying cry by members of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.