CHICAGO (CBS) — About 100 clergy members and activists representing Chicago’s black community have called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, but the governor’s office said he has no such authority.
Bishop James Dukes, of the Liberation Christian Center in West Englewood, and other ministers questioned whether Emanuel would have been re-elected had video of McDonald’s death not been kept under wraps until last week, on the same day Officer James Van Dyke was charged with the teen’s murder.READ MORE: RealTime Weather Alert: Wet and Windy Through Monday Morning, Flooding Possible
“Many of us have stood in support of him [Emanuel]. What was his involvement? And we feel disenfranchised, and we feel that we’ve been led astray,” he said
The pastors said they feel betrayed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, after the he sought their support for re-election while at the same time he was fighting efforts to release the McDonald video.
Dukes also noted former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigned just weeks after Emanuel was elected, and was later indicted and pleaded guilty to taking $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks to steer $23 million in contracts to her former employer.
“The mayor appears to have came to us with the Barbara Byrd indictment in one pocket, the Laquan McDonald tape in his back pocket, and extended his hand out to us and asked us for our support,” he said.