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Photographer from Rockford travels U.S. documenting protests


Chicago streets have been packed with protesters following the police shooting death of a teenager last year.  Other U.S. cities have also seen demonstrations after officer-involved shootings. One Rockford photographer travels across the nation to document these moments.

"I try to capture emotion," Rockford native and photographer Alvin Jacobs said.

Jacobs has taken his camera lens across the U.S.  He's documented riots and protests in cities like Ferguson, Baltimore, and Chicago.  The city just 90 miles east of Rockford has been home to demonstrations lately after the police shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year.

The officer involved, Jason Van Dyke is set to be arraigned on murder charges next week. McDonald was carrying a knife at the time of the shooting and Van Dyke's lawyer has said that Van Dyke feared for his life.

Jacobs said protests in Chicago are unlike anything he's ever seen.

"Chicago interestingly enough is extremely organized," Jacobs said. "Baltimore was a lot different."

Jacobs said people protested in a more informal way in Baltimore, MD.

"They just basically walked out of their homes and just started walking down the street," Jacobs said.

People were reacting to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died while in police custody.  Officers accused in that case are facing trial.

Jacobs says he will continue to photograph these scenarios capturing the moments with each click.

"I like for you to see a photograph and understand what the people are going through in those photographs," Jacobs said.  

You can learn more about Jacobs on his blog by clicking here.

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