CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of black pastors planned to boycott the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast on Friday, to protest Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handling of the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald.
“We do not want bacon and eggs; we want justice; we want resources, we want accountability, and we want inclusion,” said Bishop James Dukes, a pastor who has been a familiar face at many protests rallies after the release of police dashboard camera video showing Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times in October 2014.
Dukes and other African American pastors have said Emanuel should resign after fighting more than a year to keep the video out of the public eye. They have questioned whether Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez were trying to cover up the shooting to make sure they could get re-elected. Alvarez took more than a year
The ministers said they and others plan to lock arms outside the King breakfast on Friday at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel to prevent people from going in.
The mayor was low-key in his reaction to the ministers’ plans for a boycott. Emanuel said the annual breakfast honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — which started under the late Mayor Harold Washington — isn’t about him, it’s about the legacy of Dr. King, and the work people in Chicago have done to promote economic and social justice.
“Obviously, certain people take certain actions, and that’s okay with them. I know what we, as a city, should do in using this moment in time, and work very hard towards that effort,” he said.