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12 Chicago’s Top Cop Fired Amid Fallout From Laquan McDonald Shooting | NBC Nightly News
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city needs comprehensive solutions in the wake of the 2014 death of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white police officer. Emanuel says the police department’s challenges go beyond one case and says he’s making several reforms, including appointing a new leader for the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police-involved shootings. The authority’s new chief, Sharon Fairley, appeared with Emanuel at a Monday news conference at City Hall. The previous head resigned Sunday. Emanuel spoke hours after the federal Department of Justice announced it’ll investigate the Chicago Police Department for patterns of unconstitutional practices. Officer Jason Van Dyke faces first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan Johnson.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that an independent body that investigates police-involved shootings will resume looking at the death of Ronald Johnson III, who was fatally shot by police in 2014.
The Cook County state’s attorney announced Monday that she wouldn’t charge the officer involved.
Emanuel says in a statement that the Independent Police Review Authority will see if the shooting was consistent with department policy.
The authority recommends whether an officer should be disciplined.
Emanuel says the death of Johnson can’t be taken lightly. He adds that city officials need to ask if existing policies on deadly force are the right ones and if the training provided to officers in life or death situations is sufficient.
The federal Department of Justice announced Monday it will investigate the city police department for patterns of unconstitutional practices.
The mother of a 25-year-old man fatally shot by Chicago police in 2014 says even though the officer won’t be charged, she intends to press authorities until she gets justice.
Dorothy Holmes and her attorney Michael Oppenheimer said Monday afternoon that they still believe there was a cover up in the death of Ronald Johnson III.
Their comments came after Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said her office wouldn’t charge Officer George Hernandez.
Oppenheimer doesn’t believe the investigation was thorough, and Holmes believes DNA evidence was planted.
Both say the lack of charges has angered people. Several groups of activists say they planned to protest later in the evening.
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With protests continuing across Chicago, Rahm Emanuel gave a speech today to show he understands their concerns, and that real change is on the way. Did he mean it? Well he kind of waited until his back was against the wall politically, so probably not. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
“Protesters poured into downtown Chicago calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday. Emanuel apologized for the death of Laquan McDonald, a teenager who was shot 16 times by the police, and for the dysfunction of the city’s police department.
“I own it. I take responsibility for what happened because it happened on my watch,” the mayor said. Anger over how the Chicago Police Department treats the city’s minorities came to a head in late November after video of an officer killing 17-year-old McDonald was released. On Monday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a federal investigation into allegations of civil rights violations by the force.
On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters took the streets of Chicago again. They gathered outside where the mayor spoke, shouting “No more killer cops!” and “Rahm’s got to go.” The demonstration also traveled to social media where thousands are using the the hashtag #resignRahm.”*
Read more here: http://www.vocativ.com/news/259713/ma…
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Rahm Emanuel claims to care about police brutality, corruption, and the lives of African Americans in Chicago. Now the AP has found that there were thousands of emails back and forth between Emanuel and the police over the past year, mostly concerned with PR. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
“After reading The Post’s story and watching that video above, ask yourself: Is there any way Chicagoans upset with police violence can be convinced their mayor is the solution to their problems?
I’d argue the opposite is true; these protesters seem to think booting the mayor is the answer to cleaning up Chicago’s police force. And they’re getting more and more vocal about it as time ticks on, despite all of Emanuel’s efforts to hold himself and the police force accountable for recent deadly shootings.
This presents a troubling reality for Emanuel: Fairly or not, he has become a symbol for what’s wrong with Chicago’s police. It’s not just that they are mad this happened on his watch; he is increasingly viewed as the problem. And he’s has become the target for residents’ frustrations with the police in a way other city leaders who have presided over similar unrest have not.
And that’s the worst-case scenario for a mayor who now, more than ever, needs to earn his people’s trust to try to lead his city out of this crisis — and keep his job.”*
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A woman gets some volunteers to bring her tires to her car but they soon realize these are stolen cop car wheels… and the police officer is right there, cuffs in hand.