CHICAGO (CBS) — Facing near-relentless demands for her resignation over the delay in charging a Chicago cop with murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez now faces the prospect of Democratic Party leaders endorsing one of her challengers in the upcoming primary.
The Cook County Democratic Party Executive Committee decided last August to remain neutral in the race between Alvarez, Kim Foxx, and Donna More; but now has called for a Thursday meeting of the Central Committee to reconsider making an endorsement.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Tapers Saturday Night, But More Scattered Showers Sunday
All three candidates have been invited to attend the meeting to make their case to be the party’s standard bearer in the state’s attorney’s race.
“There’s been calls by some committeemen to request to have us meet again and revisit that endorsement, so we’re going to get back together on Thursday. All 80 commiteemen are able to attend, and we’ll hear from all three candidates for state’s attorney, and then there may or may not be a vote for an endorsement,” Cook County Democratic Party executive director Jacob Kaplan said.
Many activists, protesters, and even some Hispanic aldermen have said Alvarez should resign for her handling of the McDonald case. She did not charge Officer Jason Van Dyke with murder for more than a year after he shot McDonald 16 times on a Southwest Side street in October 2014.READ MORE: At Least 16 People Shot, 1 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
Alvarez has said she will not step down, and has defended her handling of the case, saying she does not apologize for conducting a meticulous and thorough investigation to build what she said is the strongest possible murder case against Van Dyke.