Mayor Emanuel Rejects Three Top Cop Picks, Names New Interim Superintendent

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, listens to Police Superintendent John Escalante during a news conference about new police procedures on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Chicago.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, listens to Police Superintendent John Escalante during a news conference about new police procedures on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Chicago. The Chicago City Council Latino Caucus demanded Escalante keep his post, but Mayor Emanuel has tapped 27-year veteran Eddie Johnson, the Chicago Police Department’s chief of patrol, as the department's new interim chief. Charles Rex Arbogast / AP
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, listens to Police Superintendent John Escalante during a news conference about new police procedures on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Chicago.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, listens to Police Superintendent John Escalante during a news conference about new police procedures on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Chicago. The Chicago City Council Latino Caucus demanded Escalante keep his post, but Mayor Emanuel has tapped 27-year veteran Eddie Johnson, the Chicago Police Department’s chief of patrol, as the department's new interim chief. Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

Mayor Emanuel Rejects Three Top Cop Picks, Names New Interim Superintendent

Instead of choosing one of three finalists picked by the mayor-appointed police board, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has tapped 27-year veteran Eddie Johnson as CPD’s new interim chief. WBEZ reporters Lauren Chooljian and Natalie Moore join us with reaction to the mayor’s decision to chart a new course.

Then, we pick apart the mayor’s decision to “go inside” with Eugene O’Donnell, professor of law and policing at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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