CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says although he wasn’t asked for his opinion at the time, he would not have released video showing the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Laquan McDonald.
During a speech Monday before the City Club of Chicago, McCarthy said just because people want police videos released doesn’t make it good idea, adding it doesn’t build trust, but does compromise ongoing investigations.
The video showed McDonald being shot 16 times in October 2014. Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with murder and fallout from the video resulted in McCarthy’s firing.
McCarthy also said a spike in the city’s violence is due to anti-police sentiment that he says is “empowering criminals” and creating what he called “a culture of legitimizing noncompliance” with the law.