Activist calls for boycott of the annual Bud Billiken Parade, and other Chicago news


The Jones College Prep High School marching band performing in the 2014 Bud Billiken Parade - ASHLEE REZIN/FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA
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  • The Jones College Prep High School marching band performing in the 2014 Bud Billiken Parade

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, August 12, 2016.

  • Weather: Strong thunderstorms possible

The humidity and heat will continue Friday, with a high of 86 and a low of 73. Strong thunderstorms are likely later in the day and in the evening. [AccuWeather]

  • Antiviolence and police brutality activist calls for a Bud Billiken Parade boycott

Activist Ja'Mal Green is calling for a boycott of the annual Bud Billiken Parade, scheduled to take place Saturday. Green says parade organizers won't allow him and other activists to march if they plan to use the platform to speak out about police brutality. "Which is ridiculous because it's a black parade, and black people are getting killed every day by police," Green told DNAinfo Chicago. "The Bud Billiken Parade would have been used as a platform to continue to wake people up, continue to put the protest and activism in their face." The yearly parade, founded in 1929, starts in Bronzeville and ends in Washington Park. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Jason Van Dyke's defense team won't be able to access Laquan McDonald's juvenile records

The attorneys defending Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke won't be able to access the juvenile records of Laquan McDonald, the teen he shot to death, after a judge ruled Van Dyke has no legal right to them. Special prosecutor Joseph McCahon and McDonald's mother had both objected to allowing the defense attorneys access. [Associated Press via WBEZ]

  • CPS security guard allegedly handcuffed a six-year-old for stealing candy

A six-year-old girl was allegedly handcuffed by a Chicago Public Schools security guard at far-south-side Fernwood Elementary School for stealing a piece of candy. The girl's mother, who's planning to sue CPS, says that her daughter was also left alone by the building's boilers for more than an hour. [Associated Press via ABC News]

  • Sheriff's Office arrests 230 "sex buyers" in prostitution sting

The Cook County Sheriff's Office has arrested 230 "sex buyers" since July 1 in a sting of prostitution rings as part of the "National Johns Suppression Initiative," led by Cook County sheriff Tom Dart. Since the start of July, 1,300 "johns" have been arrested across the U.S.. The sweep was the brainchild of Dart, who started the anti-prostitution initiative about five years ago. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been booed at Wrigley Field

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have at least one thing in common: they've both been booed by Cubs fans at Wrigley Field. Trump was booed when he sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in 2000, and the former secretary of state was booed as she was introduced before throwing the first pitch in 1994. [Tribune]

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