WBEZ | Garry McCarthy http://www.wbez.org/tags/garry-mccarthy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Police Board President: We’ll Be Independent in Police Hiring http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-board-president-we%E2%80%99ll-be-independent-police-hiring-114045 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/5458904284_5ce12a116d_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Chicago Police Board president Lori Lightfoot says she and her board will pick nominees for the city&rsquo;s next top cop &mdash; without input from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Emanuel asked for the resignation of Superintendent Garry McCarthy earlier this week.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/cpb/supp_info/MCC.pdf" target="_blank">The Chicago Municipal Code </a>gives the civilian police board the power to nominate three people to fill a vacancy for police chief. The panel then is to send those nominations to the mayor, who makes the final choice.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The code guiding the police board&rsquo;s selections process has only two requirements: The board has to make three recommendations to the mayor, and the candidates don&rsquo;t have to live in Chicago. The rest is up to the board&rsquo;s nine members.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lightfoot said the board will meet next week to begin making its plan. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Emanuel is famously controlling, but Lightfoot said she is sure the mayor won&rsquo;t interfere with the board&rsquo;s selection process.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think I have to worry about keeping the mayor out of the process,&rdquo; she responded. &ldquo;The mayor understands very well what the process is. I&rsquo;m confident he respects the independence that the police board must absolutely exercise.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lightfoot said the board&rsquo;s first steps will include planning an application process and publicizing it. &nbsp;They&rsquo;ll be reaching out to well-known and well-respected law enforcement &nbsp;fraternity groups, and making sure they also reach out to people of color and to women, so people understand it is intended to be an open process. She said part of that will be a system for community engagement.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;In the discussion about the police superintendent, this is Chicago,&rdquo; she said, &ldquo; so lots of folks have lots of opinions about the way the department runs, who the superintendent should be, [and] what the qualities of that person are.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Cate Cahan is a WBEZ editor.</em></div></p> Thu, 03 Dec 2015 17:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-board-president-we%E2%80%99ll-be-independent-police-hiring-114045 Chicago Mayor Emanuel Now Says He Welcomes Federal Investigation http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-mayor-emanuel-now-says-he-welcomes-federal-investigation-114031 <p><div id="res458318015" previewtitle="Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy appear at a news conference Tuesday."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_396701442705%20%281%29.jpg" style="height: 297px; width: 310px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emauel. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" />Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears to be reversing course and says he now &quot;welcomes&quot; a Justice Department investigation in &quot;systemic issues embedded&quot; in the city&#39;s police department.</div></div><p>The mayor&#39;s office Thursday morning released a statement seeking to &quot;clarify&quot; Emanuel&#39;s comments Wednesday, in which he suggested a federal civil rights pattern-and-practice investigation &quot;in my view, would be misguided.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel now says he is open to a longer-term review of the Chicago Police Department to improve accountability and restore public trust. The comments come a day after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for an independent Department of Justice investigation.</p><p>&quot;Hillary Clinton is deeply troubled by the shooting of Laquan McDonald and the outstanding questions related to both the shooting and the video,&quot; Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon&nbsp;<a href="http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/clinton-faces-criminal-justice-test-chicago">said in a statement</a>. &quot;Mayor Emanuel&#39;s call for a task force to review practices of the Chicago Police Department is an important step, but given the gravity of this tragic situation, she supports a full review by the Department of Justice.&#39;&quot;</p><p>Emanuel&#39;s office said his comments Wednesday, that a new investigation would be misguided and that he doesn&#39;t want the feds &quot;hitting the reset button,&quot; refers to the ongoing federal investigation into the Laquan McDonald case only.</p><p>He again urged the U.S. Attorney in Chicago to finish that year-long investigation soon.</p><p>Here&#39;s his full statement:</p><blockquote><div><p><strong>MAYOR EMANUEL STATEMENT ON POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEWS</strong></p><p>&quot;Many things must happen to restore trust in the Chicago Police Department and I welcome efforts and ideas that can help us achieve that important goal. I want to clarify my comments from yesterday and I want to be clear that the City welcomes engagement by the Department of Justice when it comes to looking at the systemic issues embedded in CPD.</p><p>First and foremost, we need answers as to what happened in the Laquan McDonald case, which is why the United States Attorney should swiftly conclude his year-long investigation and shed light on what happened that night, and the actions of everyone involved.</p><p>As it relates to a longer-term review of our police department and efforts to improve police accountability, I am open to anything that will help give us answers and restore the trust that is critical to our public safety efforts. I trust the Department of Justice to make the right decision based on the facts and the law. Like every Chicagoan, I want to get to a place where we&#39;re permanently addressing the entrenched issues in our police department. Our residents deserve that, as do our police officers. Adherence to civil rights and effective crime fighting go hand in hand.&quot;</p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><ul><li>On Tuesday, Mayor Emanuel announced that a six-member Police Accountability Task Force would immediately begin a top-to-bottom review of the system of oversight and accountability training and transparency that is currently in place at CPD.</li><li>In his speech, Mayor Emanuel said: &quot;Every day, we must ensure the checks and balances are in place to keep the confidence of Chicagoans ... There are systemic challenges that will require sustained reform. It is a work in progress as we continue to build confidence in our police force.&quot;</li><li>Additionally, on Wednesday during a discussion with Politico, Mayor Emanuel was asked a question of whether CPD violated the constitution and federal laws. He responded to that question in the context of the Laquan McDonald case. See the exchange below:</li></ul><p><strong>Q: Yesterday, the Illinois Attorney General requested the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation whether practices by the Chicago Police Department violate the constitution and federal laws. Do you worry that&#39;s the case?</strong></p><p>A:&nbsp;No. I want everybody to remember this. First, the city had a civil &ndash; there&#39;s kind of three legal tracks and three kinds of oversights. On February 27, the family came and approached the city. We reached a settlement in and around the civil case and then took it to the City Council. If you go and look back at what Steve Patton said in front of City Council, a lot of that was there and in public domain. Immediately after the incident, back in February 2014 &ndash; so 14 months ago, within weeks, I think two weeks &mdash; the U.S. attorney and the State&#39;s Attorney both opened up investigations with the FBI as an investigatory body. They had all materials, all the tapes, all the background. We settled &ndash; as I said &ndash; in April. But started in the discussions end of February when the family approached. As you now know, the State&#39;s attorney concluded her investigation. There&#39;s an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Attorney&#39;s Office here in Chicago with the FBI. My view is that given the period of time they&#39;ve had the information, like everybody else, I await their conclusion. They are looking into this situation and all the aspects around it. I think an additional layer prior to the completion of this, in my view, would be misguided. And if you notice, they are doing a thorough job, given that they had the information two weeks after, just immediately after the incident. They are doing a thorough job, and hitting the restart button on a whole new investigation does not get you to the conclusion in an expedited fashion.</p><p><strong>Q: But those are two different things. What she&#39;s looking at is a civil rights investigation. It would look at pattern and practice at the police department. It would be a more sweeping view. Other cities have done it &ndash; would you welcome that?</strong></p><p>A:&nbsp;Well, what I would first welcome is the conclusion of the existing investigation by the U.S. Attorneys right now that&#39;s present. I think that one of the reasons I asked the former head of the Civil Rights Division, Deval Patrick, to be an outside adviser and senior adviser to this working commission is because it&#39;s exactly the question he is familiar with and he has a different set of eye &mdash; I think is essential. Before the U.S. Justice Department would ask the local U.S. Attorney and FBI to take on additional work, I would them to complete the work &ndash; I understand these are very hard cases. And so they are taking on and look at all the perspectives around this case.</p></div></blockquote><p>&mdash;<em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/12/03/458309968/chicago-mayor-emanuel-now-says-he-welcomes-federal-investigation" target="_blank"> via NPR</a></em></p></p> Thu, 03 Dec 2015 11:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-mayor-emanuel-now-says-he-welcomes-federal-investigation-114031 Head Of Chicago PD Dismissed Amid Tension Over Black Teenager's Death http://www.wbez.org/news/head-chicago-pd-dismissed-amid-tension-over-black-teenagers-death-114025 <p><div id="storytext"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_401820904387.jpg" style="height: 396px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Feb. 4, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, John Kim)" /></div><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the police superintendent, and he is ordering a top-to-bottom review of the department&#39;s system of oversight, accountability, training and transparency.</p></div><div><p><strong>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST</strong>:</p><p>A police video recorded in Chicago was so damaging that someone had to pay. And yesterday, some of the bill came due.</p><p><strong>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:</strong></p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the police superintendent. Garry McCarthy lost his job a week after authorities finally released the video. It shows a white police officer shooting and killing a black teenager.</p><p><strong>INSKEEP</strong>: For the mayor, the dismissal is a chance to mend police-community relations. His critics, though, are asking if, in firing the police commissioner, Rahm Emanuel was not aiming high enough. From Chicago, NPR&#39;s David Schaper reports.</p><p><strong>DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE:</strong> Horrifying, that&#39;s how Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel describes the video of 15-year veteran police officer Jason Van Dyke gunning down 17-year-old Laquan McDonald as the teenager is trying to walk away. Action is needed, the mayor says, to prevent such abuses in the future and to repair the broken bonds of trust between the city&#39;s police officers and the communities they serve.</p><p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)</p><p><strong>RAHM EMANUEL</strong>: In order to bring the level of safety to our streets that every Chicagoan deserves, people must have confidence in our entire system.</p><p><strong>SCHAPER</strong>: Emanuel was speaking publicly yesterday for the first time since the video was released amid a firestorm of criticism over the investigation into the shooting and why the city fought to keep the video from going public. Emanuel says it has become an undeniable fact...</p><p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)</p><p><strong>EMANUEL</strong>: That the public trust in the leadership of the department has been shaken and eroded.</p><p><strong>SCHAPER</strong>: So Emanuel asked police superintendent Garry McCarthy to resign, saying he had become a distraction.</p><p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)</p><p><strong>EMANUEL</strong>: Now is the time for fresh eyes and new leadership to confront the challenges the department and our community and our city are facing.</p><p>SCHAPER: But many of the same criticisms community leaders level at McCarthy, they level at the Emanuel as well. They note that problems with excessive force and allegations of cover-ups as well as strained police-community relations go back years. So reporters asked the mayor if that by firing McCarthy he was avoiding responsibility himself.</p><p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)</p><p><strong>EMANUEL</strong>: I&#39;ve told - one, as I said, I am - I said it in my remarks. I&#39;m responsible. I don&#39;t shirk that responsibility. I have taken certain steps prior to this date. I&#39;m taking steps today. As I told you, this is a work in progress in finding a solution. It&#39;s not the end of the problem.</p><p><strong>SCHAPER</strong>: In addition to firing his police chief, the mayor appointed a police accountability task force Tuesday, ordering a top-to-bottom review of training, oversight and the culture within Chicago&#39;s police department. But even those who back Emanuel&#39;s dumping of the top cops say the mayor&#39;s actions don&#39;t go far enough.</p><p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)</p><p><strong>IRA ACREE</strong>: So this firing, it&#39;s a start. But it may be too little too late. Who else is a part of this cover-up?</p><p><strong>SCHAPER</strong>: This is Reverend Ira Acree at a community forum last night at a church on Chicago&#39;s West Side.</p><p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)</p><p><strong>ACREE</strong>: We need every entity of government, the mayor&#39;s office, the state&#39;s attorney office and the police department to be investigated from top to bottom.</p><p><strong>SCHAPER</strong>: The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing a request from Illinois&#39; attorney general, Lisa Madigan, to investigate whether the Chicago department has a pattern or practice of discriminatory policing. But many want the feds to launch an even wider probe. Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin.</p><p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)</p><p><strong>RICHARD BOYKIN</strong>: We&#39;re asking that the federal authorities look at the timeline and they look at whether or not there was an over effort to suppress the videotape to benefit someone&#39;s reelection campaign.</p><p><strong>SCHAPER</strong>: That someone is Mayor Emanuel, who was forced into a tough runoff election last spring. Members of the Chicago City Council&#39;s Black Caucus also want to hold hearings to grill Mayor Emanuel, his top aides and top police officials to ask what did they know and when did they know it. But many at this community forum wanted to shift the focus away from politics to actually fixing the problem of police mistreatment of the city&#39;s young African-Americans.</p><p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)</p><p><strong>JANEICIA WILLIAMS</strong>: The youth perspective in all of this is very important.</p><p><strong>SCHAPER</strong>: Janeicia Williams is president of the West Side NAACP Youth Council.</p><p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)</p><p><strong>WILLIAMS</strong>: The youth are growing up seeing police officers as the enemy. And that&#39;s really not the case. So in order to change our future, we have to work on right now.</p><p><strong>SCHAPER</strong>: Williams wants to see fewer stop-and-frisk and detain-and-arrest confrontations with police and more positive interactions in hopes of preventing another black teen from becoming the next Laquan McDonald. David Schaper, NPR News, Chicago.</p></div><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/12/02/458127664/head-of-chicago-pd-dismissed-amid-tension-over-black-teenagers-death" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/head-chicago-pd-dismissed-amid-tension-over-black-teenagers-death-114025 Morning Shift: December 2, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-02/morning-shift-december-2-2015-114024 <p><p>Now that Garry McCarthy is no longer Chicago Police Superintendent, all eyes will be on mayor Emanuel to see who he chooses to fill the job. Both Hispanic and African American politicians are expected to push one of their own. We&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-02/how-good-cpd-superintendent-was-garry-mccarthy-114023">look back at the tenure</a> of former CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy. What did he achieve while he was in that post? What sort of leader was he and what&#39;s his legacy?</p><p>And we get outside opinions on Emanuel&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-02/community-voices-talk-mayoral-task-force-police-114022">task force on police</a>.</p><p>Then we have music from a man whose songs have explored issues like race and politics, but with a beat you could dance to. Dave Wakeling, the founder of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-02/dave-wakeling-keeps-beatthe-english-beatgoing-114021">The English Beat</a> plays some srtipped down tunes for us.</p></p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-02/morning-shift-december-2-2015-114024 How good of a CPD Superintendent was Garry McCarthy? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-02/how-good-cpd-superintendent-was-garry-mccarthy-114023 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/garry mccarthy ap M Spencer Green web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It was 11 a.m. on the dot Monday when mayor Rahm Emanuel took to the podium at City Hall to announce that he had a<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/amid-criticism-chicago-mayor-announces-police-accountability-task-force-asks-supt-mccarthys">sked for Garry McCarthy&rsquo;s resignation</a> over concerns of the now former police Superintendent&rsquo;s handling of the case of Laquan McDonald, the 17-year-old killed by a CPD officer last October.</p><p>Emanuel <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/newarks-garry-mccarthy-named-chicagos-new-police-superintendent-85943">hired McCarthy in 2011</a> with an eye on reforming a police department that had earned a reputation around the country for corruption, abuse and a &quot;circling the wagons&quot; mentality when it comes to oversight.</p><p>WBEZ South Side bureau reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Natalie Moore</a> and Chicago Sun-times crime reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/frankmainnews">Frank Main</a> join us to talk about McCarthy&#39;s tenure as Superintendent. We also hear from activists William Calloway, protester with Christianaire, and <a href="https://twitter.com/CharleneCac?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Charlene Carruthers</a>, national director for <a href="http://byp100.org/">Black Youth Project 100</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-02/how-good-cpd-superintendent-was-garry-mccarthy-114023 Community voices talk mayoral task force on police http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-02/community-voices-talk-mayoral-task-force-police-114022 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rahm emanuel wbez lauren chooljian web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the wake of the Laquan McDonald video being released, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is putting together a<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/amid-criticism-chicago-mayor-announces-police-accountability-task-force-asks-supt-mccarthys"> new task force</a> to brainstorm recommendations on police reform and accountability. The five-person group will look into whether the police department handled the Laquan McDonald case properly and how similar police-involved shootings can be avoided in the future. Hiram Grau, former Director of the state police and former CPD Deputy Superintendent and Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board are a couple of the members appointed by the Mayor.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a distinguished group, but what&rsquo;s missing, <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/how-does-chicagos-mayor-police-regain-the-publics-trust/">according to critics</a>, are voices from communities in Chicago that experience the most crime, the city residents most likely to interact with police on a daily basis. We speak with some community members to hear what problems they&rsquo;re facing in their neighborhoods and what needs to improve when it comes to the police.</p><p>We&#39;re joined by Marie Cole, president of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/2700wgladys/">East Garfield Park Consolidated Block Club</a>; Rev. Dr. Mark Robertson, president of <a href="http://chathamavalonparkcommunitycouncil.blogspot.com/">Chatham Avalon Park Community Council</a>; and Darryl Smith, president of the <a href="http://www.englewoodportal.org/directory/3452">Englewood Political Taskforce.&nbsp;</a></p></p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-02/community-voices-talk-mayoral-task-force-police-114022 'Sun-Times' Editorial Board Called For Chicago Police Superintendent's Firing http://www.wbez.org/news/sun-times-editorial-board-called-chicago-police-superintendents-firing-114020 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_868739178581.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Steve Inskeep talks to Mary Mitchell, a&nbsp;Chicago Sun-Times&nbsp;columnist, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/amid-criticism-chicago-mayor-announces-police-accountability-task-force-asks-supt-mccarthys" target="_blank">about the firing of Chicago Police Superintendent</a>, Garry McCarthy a week after a video showed a white officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.</p></p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 09:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/sun-times-editorial-board-called-chicago-police-superintendents-firing-114020 Mayor Emanuel Dismisses Police Chief in Wake of Video Release http://www.wbez.org/news/mayor-emanuel-dismisses-police-chief-wake-video-release-114018 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rahmfiresmccarthy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. Now, a week after the video&#39;s release, the&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;mayor has fired the police superintendent, created a new task force for police accountability and expanded the use of body cameras.</p><div><p>But Emanuel&#39;s effort to keep the video secret and his long wait to take action at the police department has stirred deep skepticism among those protesting the teen&#39;s death. Many activists are especially incensed by the fact that the video first surfaced during a re-election campaign, when the mayor was seeking African-American votes.</p><p>&quot;In our community, everyone is saying it (the video) was not released because of the election,&#39; said Corey Brooks, a prominent black minister.</p><p>Had it emerged earlier, the video &quot;could have buried&quot; Emanuel&#39;s chances for re-election, Columbia Law School professor Bernard E. Harcourt wrote in a New York Times op-ed piece published Monday.</p><p>The mayor defended the decision to withhold the video from the public until the investigation was finished.</p><p>&quot;You don&#39;t compromise an ongoing investigation,&quot; he said. &quot;Yet it&#39;s clear you all want and the public deserves that information. They&#39;re two conflicting principles.&quot;</p><p>Asked by a reporter if Emanuel thought he would become a distraction himself and would consider resigning, the mayor responded, &quot;You&#39;ll make that judgment. I think I&#39;m doing my job. And I try to do it every day do it in a professional way.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel on Tuesday announced the dismissal of Garry McCarthy, who only days ago insisted to reporters that the mayor had his &quot;back.&quot;</p><p>The mayor praised McCarthy&#39;s leadership but called it an &quot;undeniable fact&quot; that the public&#39;s trust in the police had eroded.</p><p>&quot;Now is the time for fresh eyes and new leadership,&quot; Emanuel said.</p><p>Protesters have been calling for McCarthy&#39;s dismissal in response to the handling of the death of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old who was killed in October 2014.</p><p>Some aldermen, particularly members of the city council&#39;s black caucus, have also been seeking McCarthy&#39;s resignation, citing the city&#39;s crime rate and questions about the department transparency.</p><p>The city released video of the shooting only after a judge ordered it to be made public. Last week&#39;s release set off several days of largely peaceful protests. On the same day, officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder.</p><p>&quot;Any case of excessive force or abuse of authority undermines the entire force and the trust we must build with every community in the city,&quot; the mayor said. Police officers are only effective &quot;if they are trusted by all Chicagoans, whoever they are and wherever they live in the city.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel introduced McCarthy as his pick to lead the department in May 2011, replacing former FBI agent Jody Weis, who was unpopular with many rank-and-file officers who claimed Weis did not stand behind them.</p><p>Alderman Howard Brookins Jr., a member of the black caucus, said he appreciated Emanuel&#39;s &quot;willingness to change course.&quot;</p><p>Chief of Detectives John Escalante will oversee the department until a permanent replacement is named, Emanuel said.</p><p>The mayor also announced the creation of a task force on police accountability that will help develop an early warning system allowing the department to intervene with problem officers racking up complaints from the public.</p><p>Van Dyke was the subject of 18 civilian complaints over 14 years, including allegations that he used racial epithets and excessive force. Complaints against police are not uncommon, but the number filed against Van Dyke was high compared with other officers.</p><p>Emanuel&#39;s office announced Sunday that the police department would expand its use of officer body cameras from a single district to roughly a third of&nbsp;Chicago.</p><p>Emanuel credited McCarthy with modernizing&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;police force, getting illegal guns off the streets and pushing a community policing strategy that the mayor said had reduced overall crime rates to a record low.</p><p>In particular, McCarthy was a constant preacher on the need for tougher punishments for gun offenses. He hammered on the fact that many murder suspects had prior gun convictions, which McCarthy argued should have kept them off the streets.</p><p>But the police chief came under pressure because of homicides that included high-profile cases such as the slaying of Hadiya Pendleton.</p><p>Pendleton, an honor student, became a national symbol of gun violence when she was gunned down in 2013 as she talked with friends just a mile from President Barack Obama&#39;s South Side home. She died just days after returning from the president&#39;s inauguration.</p><p>In New York City, McCarthy rose from patrolman to an executive position. He later became police director in Newark, New Jersey before coming to&nbsp;Chicago, where he promised he would &quot;have the cops&#39; backs.&quot;</p><p>The silent&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;video shows McDonald walking down the middle of a four-lane street. He appears to veer away from two officers as they emerge from a vehicle, drawing their guns. Van Dyke opens fire from close range and continues firing after McDonald crumples to the ground.</p><p>Police have said McDonald was carrying a knife, and an autopsy revealed that he had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system. Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez has said the 3-inch blade recovered from the scene had been folded into the handle.</p><p>Defense attorney Dan Herbert has said the officer feared for his life, acted lawfully and that the video does not tell the whole story. Van Dyke was released from jail Monday after paying the required $150,000 of his $1.5 million bail.</p><p>Also Tuesday, relatives of another person fatally shot last year by&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police stepped up their pleas to have the squad car video made public. Emanuel spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said the city was &quot;looking into&quot; releasing it.</p><p>Police have said 25-year-old Ronald Johnson III was fatally shot by an officer on Oct. 12, 2014. At the time, authorities said he pointed a gun at police.</p><p>His mother, Dorothy Holmes, has said he was running away from police. She and attorney Michael Oppenheimer have seen a copy of the video because of lawsuits they have filed.</p><p><em>Associated Press writers Caryn Rousseau, Jason Keyser and Sophia Tareen contributed to this report.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/mayor-emanuel-dismisses-police-chief-wake-video-release-114018 Amid Criticism, Chicago Mayor Announces Police Accountability Task Force, Asks for Supt. McCarthy's Resignation http://www.wbez.org/news/amid-criticism-chicago-mayor-announces-police-accountability-task-force-asks-supt-mccarthys <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_396701442705 (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res457983417" previewtitle="Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy appear at a news conference on Tuesday in Chicago."><div data-crop-type=""><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Rahm: I&#39;ve asked task force to see if oversight, accountability and discipline are as vigorous as they need to be <a href="https://t.co/SHKKXrTSqj">pic.twitter.com/SHKKXrTSqj</a></p>&mdash; Lauren Chooljian (@laurenchooljian) <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian/status/671739719840047104">December 1, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><div><div><p>Seeking to calm growing criticism about his administration&#39;s handling of police misconduct cases, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will appoint a new &quot;police accountability task force.&quot;</p></div></div></div><p>In a press release, the mayor&#39;s office said the task force &quot;will review the system of accountability, training and oversight that is currently in place for Chicago&#39;s police officers.&quot;</p><p>The Associated Press reported the following:</p><blockquote><div><div><em>Emanuel announced at a news conference Tuesday that he has dismissed Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who only days ago insisted to reporters that the mayor had his &quot;back.&quot;&nbsp;</em><em>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced&nbsp;</em><em>Chief of Detectives John Escalante&nbsp;</em><em>will oversee the police department</em><em>&nbsp;until a permanent replacement is found for the superintendent.</em></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Emanuel praised the leadership of outgoing police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.&nbsp;</em><em>But he called it an &quot;undeniable fact&quot; that the public&#39;s trust in the police has been eroded after a public outcry over the handling of the case of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer.</em></div></blockquote><p>Of course, this comes about a week after a court order forced the city to release a video&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/24/457233148/first-degree-murder-charge-for-chicago-police-officer-who-shot-teen">showing the police shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald</a>. The black teenager was gunned down on Oct. 20, 2014.</p><p>The video shows Officer Jason Van Dyke shoot McDonald 16 times shortly after Van Dyke stepped out of his vehicle. Right before the video&#39;s release on Nov. 24, prosecutors announced they would charge Van Dyke with first-degree murder.</p><p><img alt="Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy appear at a news conference on Nov. 24th in Chicago." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/12/01/ap_876247798217_custom-511b86f3d231c857bf6fe1d9821a7719a02ea4c9-s700-c85.jpg" style="text-align: center; height: 201px; width: 310px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy appear at a news conference on Nov. 24th in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)" /></p><p>Since then, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/hundreds-block-retail-entrances-protest-laquan-mcdonald-investigation-113965" target="_blank">protesters have taken to the streets</a>, and many people &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.suntimes.com/editorials-opinion/7/71/1141676/editorial-time-chicagos-top-cop-step">including the editorial board of the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Sun-Time</em>s</a>&nbsp;&mdash; have called on McCarthy to quit or for Emanuel to fire him. Others have asked for Emanuel&#39;s resignation, accusing the city of attempting to cover up the shooting by trying to block the video&#39;s release for about a year.</p><p>Emanuel defended McCarthy&#39;s tenure, saying that he had brought crime rates down using community policing tactics. Still, the mayor said, a police chief is only as &quot;effective as the trust that the community&quot; places in him.</p><p>&quot;Now is the time for fresh eyes and new leadership,&quot; Emanuel said.</p><p>He added that his administration had opposed the release of the video to ensure the integrity of the investigation into the incident.</p><p>Emanuel was asked if he had been trying to block the release so that it wouldn&#39;t hurt his bid for re-election ahead of the vote last spring.</p><p>&quot;I said a long time ago that upon the completion of the investigation, the video would be released,&quot; Emanuel said. The video, he said, was released hours after the investigation was completed and charges were filed.</p><p>The mayor said federal authorities were looking into the McDonald&#39;s shooting and so would this new task force.</p><div><p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report.</em></p><p>&mdash;<em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/01/457981923/amid-criticism-chicago-mayor-will-announce-police-accountability-taskforce" target="_blank">&nbsp;via NPR</a></em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/amid-criticism-chicago-mayor-announces-police-accountability-task-force-asks-supt-mccarthys Police Make Arrest in Fatal Shooting of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee http://www.wbez.org/news/police-make-arrest-fatal-shooting-9-year-old-tyshawn-lee-113962 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/tyshawnleesign.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO (AP) &mdash; A South suburban man was charged with first-degree murder on Friday in connection to the slaying of a 9-year-old boy who police say was lured off a basketball court and shot in the head in an alley because of his father&#39;s gang ties.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Chicago police have charged Corey Morgan in the &#39;execution&#39; death of&hellip; <a href="https://t.co/DQZViMpW6W">https://t.co/DQZViMpW6W</a></p>&mdash; Michael Puente (@MikePuenteNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews/status/670273047106949120">November 27, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said 27-year-old Corey Morgan of Lansing, Illinois &mdash; who has an extensive criminal history &mdash; had been arrested and charged. McCarthy said two other men, included one jailed on an unrelated gun charge, also were suspected of involvement in the death of Tyshawn Lee, who was shot in the middle of the afternoon near his grandmother&#39;s house.</p><p>McCarthy said the men&#39;s precise roles were still under investigation but that all were members of the same gang, which the police chief vowed to destroy, saying: &quot;That gang just signed its own death warrant.&quot;</p><p>Tyshawn was shot Nov. 2 in a slaying that shocked a city already grimly familiar with gang violence. The fourth-grader was hit in the head and back in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. McCarthy praised local residents, saying they overcame fears and risks of retaliation to come forward and offer tips to police.</p><p>&quot;If you have a monster who&#39;s willing to assassinate a 9-year-old, what is that person likely to do if they know that somebody&#39;s cooperating with the case?&quot; McCarthy said during a news conference.</p><p>He said the boy&#39;s killers approached him in a park where he was playing basketball with friends, spoke with him, and then walked him off into the alley. McCarthy called the killing an &quot;unfathomable crime.&quot;</p><p>Investigators said the dispute that led up to the killing had been ongoing for about three months between warring gangs and involved at least two other killings and several non-fatal shootings. Authorities said Morgan was a convicted felon with an extensive violent criminal history, but didn&#39;t provide details.</p><p>The law firm representing Morgan did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment on the case.</p><p>Detectives have not recovered the murder weapon, but they believe only one person fired because all the spent bullet casings were from a single gun, McCarthy said.</p><p>McCarthy said police were looking for a third man and believed he was still in the area. McCarthy called on the man, whose photo was released, to turn himself in.</p><p>&quot;Quite frankly, in a heinous crime like this, he&#39;s probably better off if we catch than somebody else,&quot; he said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/police-make-arrest-fatal-shooting-9-year-old-tyshawn-lee-113962