Chicago protesters demand resignation after mayor apologizes for police …

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Chicago mayor apologizes for teen’s death, vows reforms.

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel, known for keeping vise-like control over Chicago and his own political image, finds himself in the weakest position of his long public career as he struggles to respond to a police scandal, claims of cover-ups at City Hall and calls for his resignation.

Protests that snaked through downtown Chicago streets for hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speech appear to have dispersed, though other demonstrations may take place in the evening hours.The proposal would allow a recall election to be initiated by a petition with signatures totaling at least 15 percent of the total votes cast in the previous mayoral election, with at least 50 signatures from each Chicago ward. Lawyers for Cedrick Chatman’s family allege the videos of his January 2013 killing contradict statements from police that Chatman had turned and pointed a dark object at police as he ran, prompting Officer Kevin Fry to fire in fear of his life.

And by summer, as violence in the neighborhoods begins to blossom anew, the incredible shrinking mayor of Chicago will need an awfully powerful ultrasound just to find his zygotes in blue. “I’m just going to keep my hands in my pockets,” said one officer, echoing many I talked to on Wednesday, just after the mayor’s speech, as protesters marched down Michigan Avenue shouting, “Rahm resign.” Cops and protesters know how Chicago works, and though Rahm and his biscuit eaters take great umbrage at what I’ve been saying, I’ll say it again for visitors who don’t know our ways: Emanuel sat on that police dash-cam video of a white cop shooting a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, until after the mayor’s re-election was secure. 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. City attorneys argue releasing the footage — which they described as low-quality and incomplete — could inflame the public and jeopardize a fair trial. Emanuel spoke Wednesday before the City Council on the crisis facing police following the release of a video of Laquan McDonald’s 2014 shooting at the hands of police. On Wednesday, the mayor used a special meeting of the Chicago City Council to try to calm the firestorm, apologizing for the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white officer and promising “complete and total” reform.

But the judge said he would likely lift the protective order next month if he was going to be asked to consider the videos in any pretrial rulings, a move that would automatically make them part of the public record. “If it’s likely going to come out through pretrial motions, then there really is no reason to wait,” said Gettleman, who set a hearing on the issue for Jan. 14. And I’m sorry.” Asked later what he apologized for, Emanuel said, “The innocent loss of the life of a young man and a systematic breakdown of a system that was supposed to safeguard the protection of life . . .

Earlier this year, Lorenzo Davis, the IPRA supervisor who headed up the Chatman probe, filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was fired by Ando for concluding that officers in several shootings — including Chatman’s — were not justified in using lethal force. The apology was also for the process of healing.” But he acknowledged Wednesday that he should have challenged the city’s longstanding practice of withholding the shooting video to avoid compromising an ongoing criminal investigation that dragged on for 13 months until Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. And if we’re going to fix it, I want you to understand it’s my responsibility with you,” Emanuel said during a sometimes-emotional speech that lasted nearly 45 minutes. “But if we’re also going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step. With Inspector General Joe Ferguson now investigating at least five police officers who filed police reports in conflict with the video, Emanuel acknowledged what many Chicagoans have assumed for decades.

I did not see where deadly force was called for at that time.” An investigator on Davis’ team alleged that Fry violated the department’s deadly force policy, but that claim was ruled “unfounded” in the final IPRA report. The Independent Police Review Authority’s chief, Sharon Fairley, said Wednesday in an emailed statement that there are “serious questions” about 38-year-old Philip Coleman’s treatment. Davis’ attorney, Torreya Hamilton, who attended Wednesday’s hearing, told reporters she thinks the Chatman case “will expose what was happening in IPRA and the corruption of its leaders.” After the hearing, Brian Coffman, who represents Chatman’s mother, Linda, called on Emanuel to make good on his promises to be more transparent when it comes to officers accused of excessive force. “If Mr. The city released a video this week of officers, several of whom are black, using the stun gun, then dragging an apparently unconscious Coleman, who was black, away.

That’s a stunning admission that Emanuel failed to keep out of the court record stemming from another infamous police video played around the world. 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. It showed burly off-duty Chicago Police officer Anthony Abbate beating a diminutive female bartender. “The only way you’re going to change the culture on either side of this issue . . . is to take on, I’ll use the word `sacred cows’ and be forthright and honest,” he said.

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. It happened when he talked about the need to let people “vent their understandable feelings and fears about the police” and about his own effort to do just that last weekend with a group of young men who had brushes with the law before turning their lives around. “I asked them: `Tell me the one thing I need to know.’ 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. 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 video also led to the forced resignation of the city’s police chief and multiple investigations, including a pending civil rights inquiry by the U.S. He’s the mayor who denied the city’s inspector general the right to subpoena documents, yet he stands up there talking to Chicago about his love of transparency.

His Rahmea Culpa was OK, but not as good as the dramatic and heartfelt Richie Culpas of the Daley years, when former Mayor Richard Daley would get caught backing some corrupt and costly deal for his pals. 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 dark object police recovered at the scene was a black iPhone box that authorities believe he obtained from the carjacking, according to IPRA, which ruled the officers’ actions justified. “The video shows Mr. There was a small bit of pushing and shoving with officers on Wednesday afternoon as the protesters tried to get to one of downtown’s main streets, but eventually police let them through.

Chatman running as fast as he possibly can away from these police officers,” Coffman said. “It’s a sunny day, not dark, he’s not carrying any kind of weapon and he makes no movements toward these police officers. … (Officer Fry) got out of his car and he was ready to shoot. 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. But after about the third or fourth Richie Culpa — or was it the sixth? — you just couldn’t believe him anymore. “As I said the other day, I own it.

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.

He added that the video was a “game-changer” in the community and helped people understand “the frustration of what we are dealing with.” Alderman Leslie Hairston, whose ward also encompasses parts of the South Side, including the University of Chicago, backed Emanuel’s comments about people being treated differently because of their skin color. She said she was “denied access” to the council’s chamber Wednesday until she produced ID “even though my picture was on the wall.” She said her white colleagues walked in without having to show ID. Given that persistent theory, Sawyer was asked whether African-American voters who elected Emanuel and forgave him enough for his 50 school closings to re-elect him will trust him enough to make the fundamental changes required to clean up the Chicago Police Department. 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. And especially to a young person it should not have happened to.” “He had 400 days to work on that emotion and show that he was serious and he did nothing.

He said gun violence has become “normalized” as the city grapples with gang violence and how to reform a police force with a decades-old reputation for brutality. Emanuel criticized the police department for being quick to shoot, saying the department’s “supervision and leadership” had failed. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

At least four different groups are planning protests throughout the day in and around Chicago’s City Hall to draw attention to cases of alleged abuse by police officers. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a Justice Department civil rights investigation to determine if there are patterns of racial disparity in the police department’s use of force.

We need to support `em because, as I’ve said from Day One, there’s a war going on out there,” Napolitano said. “You’re damn right this is not Mayberry . . .

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