CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he’s “very disappointed” in how Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez handled the investigation into the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
McDonald was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. Officers were responding to calls about a person slashing tires, and McDonald had ignored orders to drop a small knife he was carrying, but dashboard camera video of the shooting showed McDonald was walking away from officers at the time he was shot, and the video disputes initial claims by police that he lunged at police with the knife. Emanuel fought for more than a year to keep the video of the shooting under wraps, and Alvarez took more than a year to file murder charges against Van Dyke.
“I am very disappointed in the mayor and in the state’s attorney for Cook County; very disappointed. I’m not going to say more than that right now, because there’s a lot of investigation going on, but I’m very disappointed,” Rauner said Monday at an unrelated event.