Ben Carson calls Laquan McDonald police shooting ‘despicable’

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Ben Carson Calls Fatal Shooting of Laquan McDonald ‘Abominable’.

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday said a video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teenager was “abominable” and that the city’s delay in releasing the footage was “a failure of government.” The squad car video of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times was released under a court order last month, coming more than a year after the 17-year-old’s death. In Chicago for a meeting with local religious and business leaders, Carson told reporters he was disturbed by the McDonald case that has dominated headlines here for weeks. But, he said, “It’s hard to come up with a rational reason to do that other than the political.” The retired neurosurgeon, who is African-American, has been among the top contenders for the GOP nomination in recent polls. A top assistant in the corporation counsel’s office replied, “This is not a lawsuit as of now.” Top press aides Kelly Quinn and Adam Collins were also part of an e-mail chain on Feb. 10, 2015, which included an article by freelance reporter Jamie Kalven which first reported the autopsy results and wrote: “the account…given by police cannot be true.” McDonald family attorney Jeff Neslund warned the city in a letter to the Corporation Counsel’s office on March 6th of this year: “This case will undoubtedly bring a microscope of national attention to the shooting” and “the City’s pattern, practice and procedures.” House Bill 4356 would set up the mechanism to initiate a recall election.

But those same surveys also reflect his base of support among evangelical conservatives — a key block in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses — slipping and moving toward Sen. Carson, the lone African-American candidate in either of the major-party primaries, said police departments and community leaders need to improve communication, and said the media need to report on positive events in downtrodden neighborhoods. Asked if he believed the Justice Department investigation into the Chicago Police Department announced earlier this week by Attorney General Loretta Lynch would lead to positive changes in policing, Carson was vague. “I’m very confident a Carson Justice Department could have effect,” Carson said. “But we’ve got to get rid of all the political and ideological factors that are driving Justice. He believes the bill will pass despite the mayor’s powerful Springfield allies, including Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan.

This is what creates a lot of the animosity that exists in our society today.” Carson would not weigh in on whether Emanuel, a Democrat who was President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, should step down. Unlike the McDonald shooting, Scott’s death triggered immediate public outrage. “This act was really just as abominable, but in fact was not really brought to light for a year.

Protesters filled downtown streets and block traffic Wednesday with calls for the mayor to step down after he publicly apologized for the death of McDonald and criticized what he called decades of police corruption in an address to Chicago’s City Council. He also said someone should have dealt with Van Dyke – who has a history of complaints about misconduct and excessive force – before he shot and killed McDonald last year. However, none of the complaints resulted in any disciplinary action for Van Dyke. “An individual like this policeman, my understanding is that there have been a number of other incidents before this that indicated that he might have been a bad apple.

The mayor has said he did not want to jeopardize what was then a joint investigation by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and the Chicago U.S. attorney’s office.

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