CHICAGO (CBS) — A day after the Emanuel administration released video of the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, the City Council Black Caucus renewed its demand that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy resign or be fired.
Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) said he planned to introduce a resolution to the City Council, calling for a vote of no confidence in McCarthy. The Black Caucus also called for McCarthy’s ouster last month, after another violent weekend in Chicago, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel has stood by his handpicked police superintendent
The aldermen stopped short of criticizing the mayor himself for his handling of the case, including his opposition to the release of the video of Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting McDonald until after a Cook County judge ordered the city to make it public.
Brookins said city attorneys led him and others to believe there was a significant reason to withhold the video while aldermen voted to approve a $5 million settlement with McDonald’s family in April, even without the family having filed a lawsuit.
“We were misled. We were misled. We were misled in terms of whether or not this particular tape showed some gray area where it needed to be investigated for all this period of time,” Brookins said. “It appears to everybody who has seen that tape – and I can fathom to say I speak for the entire caucus – that it did not and should not have taken a full year to determine what happened, when all the facts were known, and it was a clear video to show it.”