CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - There are now calls for Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and state's attorney Anita Alvarez to resign. The NAACP and the Urban League also want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate police shootings of African-Americans.
Some members of the City Council Black Caucus are angry about the Laquan McDonald video, but not just for what it shows. They say officials in the mayor's office lied to them for months about what the video shows.
“We were misled. We were misled,” said Alderman Howard Brookins.
Ald. Brookins and others in the City Council Black Caucus claim Mayor Emanuel's top city lawyer told them last spring that the video of the killing of McDonald was not sufficient to support firing officer Jason Van Dyke.
“All the facts were known and it was a clear video to show it,” Alderman Brookins said. “The official position of this Black Caucus is that we have called for the resignation or termination of the superintendent of police, McCarthy.”
They also called on Cook County State's Atty. Anita Alvarez to resign and demanded changes in the police union contract. Alderman blasted the collective bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police. Its provisions can require more than a year to fire even an officer guilty of outrageous wrongdoing. Ald. Pat Dowell wants:
Alderman Pat Dowell said he wants the following:
“To review the FOP contract to make sure that there are tougher policies and sanctions against police officers who do egregious or illegal acts.”
Those issues have been the subject of bitter political battles since the 1960s. A veteran of the police accountability and oversight wars is now president of the Chicago Police Board, and knows full well the fears of rank-and-file officers.
“If you were interviewing somebody from the FOP, I think what they would tell you is, ‘There's too much scrutiny. There's too much supervision,’” said President of the Chicago Police Board Lori Lightfoot. “Police officers are held to a different standard and a higher standard. And they will be held accountable when they violate their oath.”
Leaders of the local NAACP, though, said there's not enough accountability and they want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate police shootings in Chicago and the suburbs.
A spokeswoman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel told FOX 32 the following: “The mayor fully supports Superintendent McCarthy.”