CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday backed Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s decision to promote a top police official who is under scrutiny for his role in the death investigation involving a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
McCarthy has named Constantine “Dean” Andrews as the chief of detectives, replacing John Escalante, who was just promoted to first deputy superintendent.
Andrews was implicated in the creation of an allegedly fictious witness statement that helped prevent police and Cook County prosecutors from charging Daley nephew Richard “R.J.” Vanecko in the 2004 death of David Koschman.
Emanuel said the fact Andrews is still under investigation by the City Inspector General’s office does not disqualify him from promotion.
“For the last 18 months, while you were a reporter, he was the head of the Area North. That’s a very big role, and he, like the other promotions across the front, as also the other promotions over the years are based on their professionalism and their capacity; and they’re held accountable for the results ,” the mayor said.