Embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologizes for 2014 shooting of Laquan …

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologizes for failures in the Laquan McDonald investigation: ‘I own it.’.

Chicago’s mayor delivered a mea culpa in front of the City Council on Wednesday morning for his role in the investigation into the Laquan McDonald shooting that has shaken up the city. CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for the 2014 shooting of a black teenager Wednesday during a special City Council meeting that he called to discuss a police abuse scandal at the center of the biggest crisis of his administration, promising “complete and total” reform to restore trust in the police.

— Even as the mayor is moving to stop his own fall, he’s yet to tamp down community discontent; a citywide walkout, protesting the mayor, is also planned for today.Just hours after the US Justice Department announced this week that it would investigate the Chicago police department for civil rights violations, local elected officials went on the offensive.In both incidents, seven to eight burglars made forcible entry to the clothing stores and removed a large quantity of merchandise, according to a community alert from Chicago Police. What happened under Emanuel’s watch involved a more than year-long withholding of an incriminating video which portrays Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times to death. Globally, the video surveillance market is projected to grow to $42.06 billion by 2020 from $13.98 billion in 2013, according to Indian research firm MarketsandMarkets.

Van Dyke has been charged with murder and Mayor Emanuel asked for the resignation of Police Superintendant Garry McCarthy in the aftermath of the bombshell video. “I have reflected deeply on what happened that night. Also on Monday, Emanuel tapped a new head for the city’s Independent Police Review Authority, a recently criticized agency tasked with investigating all police shootings.

Americans have become acclimated to surveillance, and business and law-enforcement agencies have created a network of cameras on buildings, lofted on poles and affixed to uniforms in an attempt at universal visibility. WHAT HE WILL SAY — Among Emanuel’s expected remarks: “Each time when we confronted these issues in the past, Chicago only went far enough to clear our consciences and move on. The footage — ordered released by a judge and made public hours after Van Dyke was charged — set off a chain of events that captured the attention of the country.

Days of protests and marches followed the video’s release, including one that on the busiest shopping day of the year partially shut down the city’s most famous shopping district, Michigan Avenue. Department of Justice, for being quick to shoot, saying the department’s “supervision and leadership,” as well as the oversight agencies, failed. “I take responsibility for what happened because it happened on my watch. And if we’re going to fix it I want you to understand it’s my responsibility with you,” Emanuel said. “But if we’re also going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step. Carrie Austin, Emanuel’s City Council Budget Committee chairwoman, said the mayor needs to use his speech to make apologies. ‘Say ‘I’m sorry,’’ said Austin, 34th. ‘I’m sorry’ to us, the African-American community, that these things have occurred and everybody looked the other way.’ On calls for resignation — “It wouldn’t surprise me that people would be upset.

While the demonstrations have been generally peaceful, there have been occasional conflicts with police, motorists and shoppers after activists held a large Black Friday demonstration downtown. The mayor also spoke of residents’ mistrust of Chicago police, saying it’s unacceptable that there are parents in Chicago who feel they must warn their children to be wary of officers. The conflict between the protesters and police got more tense when officers arrested local activist and aspiring poet Malcolm London for allegedly punching a cop during a demonstration.

There was the release of hundreds of pages of documents that show police had described in their reports a far more threatening McDonald than the teen the city and the world had seen on the video. In terms of reform, Emanuel cited a newly created task force, which will look at the CPD’s internal affairs department and the city’s quasi-independent police oversight agency. All charges were dropped the next day, but his short detention only fueled the fire and drew more unwanted attention towards a police department many called corrupt.

Dismissed were police chief Garry McCarthy and detective Dante Servin, who months earlier had been found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter for an off-duty shooting that left a woman dead. This week, Constantine “Dean” Andrews, the department’s chief of detectives, and Scott Ando, the former head of the agency that investigates police shootings, suddenly resigned. CHANGING HIS TUNE — “Rahm Emanuel Is Flipping on the Chicago Police,” by Gawker’s Jordan Sargent: “Politicians are generally beholden to police.

That’s unacceptable,” Emanuel said, later adding that “no citizen is a second-class citizen in the city of Chicago.” At least four different groups of protesters planned to converge on City Hall on Wednesday. By year-end, buildings around the globe will carry about 297 million security cameras, including a 13 percent annual increase to 45 million in the U.S., according to research firm IHS. In 2010, Burge was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury, but Emanuel and the city have been dealing with wrongful conviction settlements since.

That video was released Monday during a presentation in which Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said her office would not charge the officer. Since the DoJ was given the power to investigate police departments in 1994, it has found violations and imposed reforms in other major cities, including Los Angeles, Detroit and New Orleans. While a police review board previously found the officers’ actions justified, Emanuel said he did not see how the treatment of the man — who later died following a reaction to an antipsychotics drug — could “possibly be acceptable” and said he did not consider the investigation closed. In that case, there was no video, and protesters rioted after a grand jury didn’t indict the officer. “We’ve just scratched the surface on it,” said Dyer, who sees strong growth over the next three to four years. “The body camera will be part of the officer’s everyday uniform as much as his firearm.” “The impact of body-worn cameras touches on a range of outcomes that build upon efforts to mend the fabric of trust, respect and common purpose that all communities need to thrive,” U.S.

It is not uncommon for cities to fire their police chief before a federal investigation, and many cities go through numerous top cops while implementing the mandated reforms. Twenty-eight other major law-enforcement agencies, including those in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, have purchased its body-cameras or other digital equipment, the company said in a Nov. 3 earnings release. Third-quarter net sales climbed 14 percent to $50.4 million from the year-earlier period. “Private enterprise is great at taking advantage of opportunities and manipulating local governments,” said Rajiv Shah, an adjunct research professor of communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “I understand why people want it because of accountability, but it’s too early to tell whether this is going to work or not,” said Shah, whose research has shown Chicago has more than 25,000 cameras. OUT AND ABOUT — At last night’s Illinois Campaign for Political Reform event where journalists were awarded for their “straight talk,” including Crain’s Greg Hinz, Reuters’ Dave McKinney, Chicago Sun-Times’ Laura Washington and myself. His supporters noted a reduction in “overall crime” stats during his first two years with the department. “Nobody is really crying over McCarthy being gone,” retired Chicago police lieutenant Bob Angone told the Guardian. “He was a stat-fudging bully who loved the cameras and never paid attention to his supervision, which got away from him.” Yet many Chicagoans do not believe McCarthy’s dismissal was enough, and want an investigation into what the mayor knew about alleged police cover-ups, especially in the Laquan shooting. “People see [McCarthy’s firing] as just a political move,” pastor Corey Brooks, a well-known community activist, said. “They see it as him just trying to save his own position, and his own status as a mayor in our neighborhood.” Brooks, who came to national attention when he camped out for months on the roof of a vacant building near his New Beginnings church to protest urban blight, worked with McCarthy on innovative community policing strategies and now has his own youth facility down the street from the infamous “O Block”, a notorious gang stretch. “A lot of people are wondering why there is no probe into the mayor’s office,” Brooks said. “Why just a probe into the police department?

Since 2012, the number of U.S. communities using red-light cameras has dropped about 18 percent to 439, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Arlington, Virginia. During Monday’s news conference, two weeks after the officer’s indictment in the McDonald case, Alvarez and her deputies showed a dash-cam video of what they said was Johnson carrying a gun as he fled from officers, including one who shot him in the back. To help justify the shooting, Alvarez turned to video again: this time of an unrelated incident in which a fleeing suspect shot an officer without even turning around to do it. He has previously been linked to the Chicago job, but recently said he is now retired and would only be interested in consulting with the city. “I would hope that it’s someone within the police department who has the wherewithal,” Brooks said. “There are a few great people that I’m hoping for …

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