Critics of the Chicago Police Department say one of the main roadblocks that makes it difficult to remove officers who are facing allegations of misconduct and abuse is the current contract with the police union.
Protesters are demanding a change in leadership, but the mayor says he won’t resign. We talk about the potential of a recall in the city. Then, as Chicagoans engage in a public debate about what needs to change with the police department, we hear from a veteran Chicago police officer about what it’s like to be a cop during this time of increased scrutiny. And two Chicago aldermen share their take on the unfolding events and the challenges facing not only the mayor but the City Council.
Emanuel hired McCarthy in 2011 with an eye on reforming a police department that had earned a reputation around the country for corruption, abuse and a "circling the wagons" mentality when it comes to oversight.
The video of the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke is bringing to light the relationship between information about civilian shootings by cops and the official narrative.