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Five Arrested In Chicago During Protests After Release Of Officer Shooting Video

Two people were charged with felonies, and will appear in bond court later today.

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Five people were arrested Tuesday night as crowds of protesters gathered in downtown Chicago following the release of a police dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Two people, including poet and Black Youth Project 100 organizer Malcolm London, were charged with felonies and will appear in court later today.

The remaining three received misdemeanors, and have been released, according to a press release from Chicago Police Department.

London, who had been live-tweeting from Tuesday night's protest, has been charged with a count of aggravated battery of a police officer.

At 10:25 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Black Youth Project 100 tweeted that London had been "snatched" by police.

Videos from the scene also showed protesters chanting "we want Malcolm."

Demonstrators began tweeting the hashtag #FreeMalcolmLondon to draw attention to his arrest.

Dean Vanriper was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a taser, and possession of a knife.

At the press conference on Tuesday in which Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy addressed the release of the video, the freelance journalist who pushed for its release was not allowed inside.

Brandon Smith's Freedom of Information Act request this summer resulted in a judge forcing the police department to make the video of McDaniel's death public before Thanksgiving.

On Tuesday, he was not allowed inside the building to attend the press conference, reportedly due to a lack of media credentials.

"This wouldn't be happening if not for my lawsuit," he told the New York Times.

At least three people were seen being taken into custody following a confrontation involving a bicycle officer, the Chicago Tribune reported. The officer was taken to an ambulance.

Group of protesters trying to cross bridge east of Michigan on Balbo. #LaquanMcDonald

A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday told BuzzFeed News that it was still unclear whether any officers had been seriously injured.

Activists took to the streets in reaction to the release of a police dash-cam video #Chicago #LaquanMcDonald

At 10:25 p.m. local time Tuesday, Black Youth Project 100 tweeted that London had been "snatched" by police.

Videos from the scene also showed protesters chanting "we want Malcolm."

The crowd later gathered outside the police station were three protesters had been taken.

Protestors in front of the police station on south State St

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Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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Tamerra Griffin is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based Nairobi, Kenya.

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