CHICAGO (CBS) — Pressure continued to mount Monday for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to step down over their handling of the Laquan McDonald case.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said she thinks the way Alvarez has run her office has been “disgraceful,” claiming she’s had to drag the county’s top prosecutor “kicking and screaming” in attempts to reform the criminal justice system.
“I’ve had no confidence in her leadership for a very long time,” Preckwinkle said Monday morning.
She also said McCarthy should lose his job.
“I’ve talked to the mayor and told him he ought to ask for the resignation of Superintendent McCarthy as well,” she said, shortly after Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and members of the Chicago City Council’s Latino Caucus called for Alvarez to resign.
They said it should not have taken more than a year for Alvarez to file murder charges against Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is seen on police dashboard video shooting McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014.