CHICAGO (CBS) — Members of the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus on Friday demanded interim Police Supt. John Escalante get the job permanently, or at least be included on a new list of finalists for the position.
Ald. George Cardenas (12th), who chairs the Latino Caucus, said all 11 members feel Escalante has done a good job since taking over for the fired Garry McCarthy, and the Chicago Police Board should have included him among the finalists sent to Mayor Rahm Emanuel for consideration.READ MORE: Man Shot On CTA Bus In Irving Park
“How can you have confidence the board that, through its process, rejects the same man that is leading the charge right now? I do question that,” he said.
Ald. Daniel Solis (25th) said it’s about more than just Escalante being left off the list of finalists.
“The fact that there wasn’t a Latino in the final three candidates, that’s not only a disappointment, that’s insulting,” he said.
Solis said the mayor should make sure the list of finalists for the superintendent’s job includes a Latino, specifically Escalante.
“As it now gets to the mayor’s office, he should respect the position that we’re taking, and tell the Police Board that you’ve got to come up with a new list,” he said.