1 After Another, Chicago Police Videos Made Public

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1 after another, Chicago police videos made public.

Chicago – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologised for the 2014 shooting of a black teenager on Wednesday during a special City Council meeting and promised a “complete and total” reform to restore trust in the police. But the former White House chief of staff, known for keeping a vise-like control over the nation’s third largest city and his own image, has said repeatedly that he will not step down as he finds himself in the weakest position of his long political career. Two days before Thanksgiving, after being ordered to do so by a judge, the city released a video that shows Officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 shots into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on the night of Oct. 20, 2014.

The march followed Emanuel’s special address to the City Council in the morning, during which he apologized for systemic police misconduct brought to national attention more than two weeks ago when charges were brought against a Chicago police officer who fatally shot a teenager in October 2014. “If we’re going to fix it, I want you to understand it’s my responsibility with you. The 40-minute address served as a high-profile platform for Emanuel to again offer a list of the steps he’s taken so far, but also tackle head-on a complicated series of challenges surrounding race relations and a deeply rooted lack of trust many minorities in Chicago have in the officers who patrol their communities. “We are here today because Chicago is facing a defining moment on the issues of crime and policing, and the even larger issues of truth, justice and race,” Emanuel said at the start of his speech in a quiet City Council chamber. “We can either be defined by what we have failed to do — or what we choose to do.” The response to Emanuel’s promises of swift action and a better police force, however, reflected the credibility gap the mayor faces on some of the very topics he raised.

The disclosure suggests the government’s vetting process failed to detect Tashfeen Malik’s radicalization when she applied for a visa and traveled to the U.S. last year. Normally compliant aldermen offered little more than cautious optimism, and hundreds of protesters who took to the streets outside City Hall dismissed the remarks and continued to call on him to resign. William Porter tells jurors that he didn’t call an ambulance for Gray because the suspect appeared uninjured and didn’t complain of any pain during his ride in a police van. The nation’s third-largest city has no process for a mayor to be recalled, though a state lawmaker from Chicago introduced a proposal Wednesday to allow for it.

Emanuel noted that he raised politically difficult topics a big-city mayor doesn’t typically touch, but his track record undercut the message at times. The company wants to spin off its struggling Internet business — essentially, everything associated with the Yahoo brand name — into a new company. The McDonald footage set off protests in Chicago and captured the attention of a country already grappling with several other police killings of African-American men that have given rise to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Department of Justice, the resignation of officials including the superintendent of police, and intensive pressure on Emanuel to show he takes reform measures seriously in light of continuing cases. He condemned a police department “code of silence” that encourages cover-ups, though the mayor and his administration’s lawyers tried to wipe out a jury verdict that found such a code exists.

This Sept. 29, 2015, photo provided by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine shows seven week-old puppies born by in vitro fertilization at the Baker Institute for Animal Health in Ithaca, N.Y. The mayor insisted the city needed “better oversight of our police officers,” though he’s defended the department’s practices while signing off on millions of dollars in police brutality settlements. And Emanuel said the statistics on how few officers get disciplined for excessive force “defy credibility,” though he’s backed the police oversight board and endorsed a police union contract that makes it difficult to discipline officers. Officials fought in court for months to keep the footage from being released, efforts that coincided with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign, during which the mayor was seeking African-American votes in a tight race.

People held signs that read, “Rahm Emanuel is morally corrupt” and “guilty.” Once they made it to the Gold Coast, police barricaded their entrance to Lake Shore Drive with their bicycles, steering them west down streets lined with boutique shops and luxury condo towers. Also contributing to the air of skepticism is the scattershot response the mayor has offered since Nov. 24, when he released the police video of the Laquan McDonald shooting. On Monday, during a lengthy news conference in which she outlined why Hernandez was justified in shooting Johnson in the back, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez released the video.

Alvarez, who was facing criticism for taking more than a year to bring charges against Van Dyke, also released digital images that show Johnson was carrying something in his hand. The mayor did not address the twists and turns of how he has handled the controversy, instead expressing his hope the city can make a new start. “This is not the Chicago we know and love.

Critics have repeatedly accused Emanuel of keeping the footage under wraps until after he won a tougher-than-expected spring election for a second term. Melynda Bloom, 43, said she voted for Emanuel twice but now wants him driven from office. “We believe he knew what was going on being the mayor,” she said. “I’m mad. To make her case that Hernandez could have been in fear for his life and the life of his fellow officers, she showed a video from a separate case in which a man running from police fired a gun behind him without looking, striking a pursuing officer.

When an African-American mother or father or grandparent feel it is necessary to train their sons and daughters to behave with extreme caution when they are pulled over by police, to have both hands on the wheel and visible, what does that say? The attorney for the Johnson family said the prosecutors’ investigation was a “joke.” The family has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming that Johnson was not armed.

Hours after the speech, protesters overflowed an intersection in front of City Hall, then marched through the financial district and blocked a major intersection for a short time as police directed traffic around them. Alisa Baum, who works at a nonprofit music school on the city’s North Side, took off work along with eight co-workers to join the march, her first. “There’s something dreadfully wrong in this city, and it’s crazy that there aren’t more people out in the streets. After initially saying that a federal probe of the department would be “misguided” because the US Attorney’s office was already examining the McDonald shooting, Emanuel later said he welcomed such an investigation.

Emanuel addressed the need to ensure justice within the Chicago Police Department, changing a police culture of corruption and rebuilding communities where crime and distrust of cops has become an all-too-familiar theme. Also on Wednesday, two state representatives, Mary Flowers and La Shawn Ford, both Chicago Democrats, co-sponsored a bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would amend legislation dating back to 1941 and establish a clear path to remove Emanuel with a recall election.

But his family said it was obvious from the start that he was mentally ill and would still be alive if he had been taken to a hospital instead of jail. Justice Department should launch a civil-rights investigation, saying he would welcome it only after presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats endorsed the idea. In news conferences, he has appeared worn down, fumbling answers to reporters’ questions or avoiding them entirely by walking away, with cameras rolling.

The mayor became most emotional when he mentioning parents who have lost children to gun violence and discussing the need for respect between officers and young black men. Emanuel talked about a meeting he had Saturday at Precious Blood Church on the West Side, where he shared sandwiches with a dozen young men who had been in trouble with the law. “I asked them, tell me one thing I need to know.

The most likely effect of the crisis will come in the form of pushback from aldermen, who have long been considered a rubber stamp for the mayor’s initiatives, said political consultant Delmarie Cobb. The crowd also included some former Chicago police officers who said they agreed with the protesters’ complaints of systemic misconduct. “From what I’m seeing, our young men and women have a reason to not feel safe on the streets,” said Raysurnet Morris, a 20-year police veteran. “It’s not right.”

And rather than tell me something, one young man asked me a simple question that gets to the core of what we’re talking about,” Emanuel said. “He said, ‘Do you think the police would ever treat you the way they treat me? The mayor won re-election in April by a healthy margin, but only after suffering the embarrassment of not getting a majority in a five-candidate February election, forcing the first mayoral runoff in decades.

City attorneys are employing arguments similar to the ones they used in opposing the McDonald video’s release: that it could prejudice would-be jurors if the case goes to trial. In the months that followed, his public schools CEO, who oversaw closings of about 50 schools that angered many residents, was indicted on corruption charges. His administration has warned of massive mid-year layoffs in the public schools and is in the midst of rocky contract negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union.

Anthony Napolitano, from the Far Northwest Side 41st Ward that’s crowded with cops and other city workers, pointed to Chicago’s violence and said it’s not fair to pillory police officers for trying to deal with the situation. “You have to remember we’re not dealing with just a normal city. He has never experienced that type of thing, and so to him it is foreign, and until you see it on videotape, and it can’t be refuted, and you’ve heard it over and over and over again, I think now he gets it,” said Ald. Howard Brookins (21st). “If we didn’t have social media, we wouldn’t be talking about the reform and the change that we’re talking about right now,” said Ald. A review by the city’s quasi-independent police watchdog agency showed that of 409 shootings involving police since 2007, the agency found only two with credible allegations against an officer. “We have to be honest with ourselves about this issue.

Despite those misgivings, most aldermen also credited Emanuel for a new level of candor, and said they believe – combined with a Justice Department investigation into the Police Department’s policies and practices regarding the use of force – a door finally has been opened for meaningful changes at CPD. Deb Mell, 33rd, spoke about her relatively affluent North Side upbringing while urging her colleagues to help each other experience different parts of the city. “I’m from the North Side, and growing up we were taught don’t go to the South Side. Emanuel criticized the police department for being quick to shoot, saying the department’s “supervision and leadership” had failed. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) Among them was Angelina Espindola, who dismissed the mayor’s show of emotion and called him out for backtracking on police corruption as the McDonald controversy escalated. ” ‘Sorry’ isn’t going to bring those kids back,” said Espindola, 28, who lives in Pilsen. “All (Emanuel) is doing is talking.

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