Rahm Emanuel said he asked for Garry McCarthy’s resignation as superintendent
Officer Jason Van Dyke, charged with first-degree murder, is out on bond
Jabari Dean, 21, is accused of threatening to kill students and staff at the University of Chicago
The announcement at a news conference came amid angry protests in Chicago over the way the city responded when a white police officer shot a black teenager 16 times in October 2014. Dashboard camera footage of Laquan McDonald’s killing was not released until last week after a judge ordered it be made public.
“Superintendent McCarthy knows that a police officer is only as effective as when he has the trust of those he serves,” said Emanuel, speaking at City Hall.
He went on to describe a new task force on law enforcement accountability that will review how the city trains and oversees its police officers. It will include five Chicagoans who have been leaders in the justice system. Chicago native and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will be a senior adviser to the group, Emanuel said.
The turmoil in Chicago echoes outrage seen repeatedly throughout the country over the past year, and it reflects a national campaign led by Black Lives Matter activists that says that police across the country discriminate against black people. They point to cases in New York; Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore and other cities, where they say that cops use excessive — sometimes deadly — force against black males.
In Chicago, the outrage has been focused squarely on the killing of McDonald in October 2014. Dashboard camera footage recorded the teen, who was carrying a 4-inch knife, walking yards away and turning his back to Officer Jason Van Dyke when Van Dyke opens fire, shooting the teen 16 times.
A freelance journalist filed suit, arguing that the video was public record. The city went to court to prevent its release. A judge sided with the journalist, and the footage was released last week.
Protesters took to Chicago’s streets, including prominent African-American leaders such as U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois. They rallied day after day, peacefully interrupting holiday shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend.
“Stop the cover-up!” they shouted, and “16 shots! 16 shots!”
Protesters have repeatedly demanded that Emanuel resign, the chief of police be fired and a federal investigation examine the behavior of public officials involved in the case.
A rally is planned for Tuesday afternoon.
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