Chicago chief to meet monthly with black student protesters

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's police chief has agreed to hold monthly meetings with a group of black high school students who had planned a demonstration protesting an officer's fatal shooting of a black man and racist text messages distributed by students at another school.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson met with the group of public school students, the principal of a Catholic school where students distributed the texts and leaders in the Mount Greenwood community on the city's South Side.

He commended the students for "forcing" officials to discuss their safety concerns and assured them that if they do decide to protest, police will make sure they're protected.

An off-duty police officer fatally shot Joshua Beal, a 25-year-old Indianapolis resident. Police say Beal pointed a gun at the officer during a melee.
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