Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Apologies Aren’t Enough For Angry Chicagoans
Protests erupted again in downtown Chicago calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign over the shooting death of Laquan Mcdonald
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.
The officer involved in the shooting of McDonald has been charged with murder, and Emanuel has fired several high-ranking members of the police department, including Superintendent Garry McCarthy, but protests continue. Video of a second young black man who was fatally shot by police was released this week, and the state’s attorney announced no charges would be filed in that case.
Emanuel, who was Obama’s first chief of staff, has long been considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. He was re-elected to a second term as Chicago’s mayor in April of 2015. McDonald was killed more than a year ago, and the city fought vigorously against its release. Local press has speculated that, had it come to light before the election, Emanuel wouldn’t have won.
— Yukio Strachan (@boldandworthy) December 9, 2015