CHICAGO (CBS) — Vowing a full day of protests across Chicago, activists were keeping up the pressure for major changes in Chicago after the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
With protesters already repeatedly calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign, and some even pushing for legislation to allow voters to remove him from office, Trotter and two other South Side ministers have begun a petition drive seeking a vote of “no confidence” in the mayor.
“Our mayor’s ratings are dropping daily, and people need to have a way to protest, who cannot necessarily march,” said Bishop Larry Trotter, pastor of Sweet Holy Spirit Church.
The pastors said the petitions would be used in support of proposed legislation in Springfield that would allow for a mayoral recall election in Chicago.
“This is war, and in war there are going to be casualties, and there are going to be friendly fire. So it’s going to be some friends of ours that’s going to go down, and it’s going to be some casualties, but at the end of the day victory shall be ours,” said Bishop James Dukes, pastor of the Liberation Christian Center in West Englewood.
The ministers said the petition drive will continue through the end of the month, after which the petitions will be delivered to the mayor as a message to him.
“This pain continues to mount in and around our community, and we can’t and won’t take it any longer,” Bishop Tavis Grant said.