Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the dismissal of Chicago police superintendent, Garry F. McCarthy, Dec. 1. Emanuel also said a police accountability task force is being established, following days of unrest over the alleged murder of a black teenager by a white policeman. (Reuters)
The head of the Chicago Police Department has been fired amid widespread criticism over how authorities responded to the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer last year.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said he formally asked Garry F. McCarthy, the Chicago police superintendent, for his resignation on Tuesday morning, a week after video footage of the shooting was released and the officer was charged with murder.
“He has become an issue, rather than dealing with the issue, and a distraction,” Emanuel said. He added that while he is loyal to McCarthy, whom he praised for his leadership of the department, the needs of the city are more important.
Anger has erupted in Chicago since authorities released footage of Jason Van Dyke, a city police officer, shooting Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old, last year.
[Officer Van Dyke posted bond and was released Monday]
Emanuel said he began talking to McCarthy on Sunday, after several days of heated protests, about “the undeniable fact that the public trust in the leadership of the department has been shaken and eroded.”
When Emanuel announced McCarthy’s appointment in May 2011, he praised him as someone who proved “reducing crime and working closely with the community are not conflicting goals.”
McCarthy has spent more than three decades in law enforcement. Before coming to Chicago, he served as the police director in Newark and was an officer and deputy commissioner of the New York Police Department.
The same month his appointment in Chicago was announced, the Justice Department launched an investigation into the Newark police force. That review looked at reports of how officers used force and how complaints of excessive force that occurred before and after McCarthy took over the Chicago police force. The Justice Department said last year it had found “patterns of misconduct” in Newark, releasing a report that did not mention McCarthy, and reached an agreement with the city to have its force overseen by an independent monitor.
While Emanuel said he had “a lot of confidence in the work” McCarthy has …Read More
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